Jane Addams (1860-1935)- Ms. Addams was an influential woman to the foundations of social work in America, she received a Nobel Prize for her role in social work. Ms. Ellen Starr and Ms. Addams leased a building in Chicago Illinois where they started Hull House. Hull house became a social and educational center.
There were kindergarten classes, clubs for older children, and social meetings in the evenings for adults. Hull house was supported by affluent women in the area, raised money, and held education in high regard. Eventually there were many additions to Hull house.
In addition to being a fellow social worker Ms. Addams is a fellow “spoonie”, she suffered from a congenital spinal defect that limited her in her youth and a heart attack as an adult.
I first heard of Ms. Addams and Hull house during one of my undergraduate social work classes by watching the following:
The nobel peace prize 1931: Biography of Jane Addams. NobelPrize.org. (n.d.). Retrieved March 8, 2022, from <https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/peace/1931/addams/biographical/>