Jane Addams


September 6, 1860 — May 21, 1935


Jane Addams was a leading women’s suffrage and world peace activist who became the second woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931. She is considered the founder of the social work profession in the U.S. in addition to co-founding the American Civil Liberties Union and Hull House in Chicago, a home to help new immigrants integrate. A radical centrist and pragmatist, Addams is undoubtably a Pioneer of Peace even if she is not a traditional liberal and even as her ideas are today distorted to justify pursuing impractical ends.


Essential Thoughts


Only in time of fear is government thrown back to its primitive and sole function of self-defense and the many interests of which it is the guardian become subordinate to that. Democracy and Social Ethics


The mass of men seldom move together without an emotional incentive. — Peace and Bread in Time of War


I once heard Father Huntington say that the essence of immorality is the tendency to make an exception of one’s self and I would like to add that to consider one’s self in any wise unlike the rank and file of human life is to walk straight toward the pit of self righteousness. — "The College Woman and Christianity"


The worth of every conviction consists precisely in the steadfastness with which it is held. — Peace and Bread in Time of War


Social advance depends as much upon the process through which it is secured as upon the result itself. — Twenty Years at Hull House