Jane Addams: More than a social worker

Carol RoachStarred Page By Carol Roach, 17th Mar 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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In the struggle for women's rights which stems well over a century some women made great strides in changing the social mores of the day while others such as Jane Addams were instrumental in creating a better place for women to live, learn, and raise their children.


Continuing with the women's movement, from gaining rights as persons, to the suffrage movement, and temperance movement, we now look at some of the accomplishments of the women of the 1920's and 1930's.

Many women will be featured

We will continue with other women of the 1900's onward in future series dedicated to certain themes later on as well. There is so much substance to women and all we have accomplished that it would be difficult to capture all the important women decade by decade, and that is why the Montreal women's Issues examiner will continually refer to different women of different time periods, time and again.

Today will focus on Jane Addams whose love of women and the downtrodden went hand in hand with women's rights issues of her day.

Jane Addams was prominent in a time when the suffrage and temperance movement were blossoming on one end of the spectrum, and the roaring twenties with its free spirited flappers, were having a good time at the opposite end of the spectrum.

Jane Addams was no ordinary woman, not by a long shot.

Jane Addams

Jane Addams – One of the first American women to have a college education

Jane Addams was born on May 6, 1880, into a wealthy Cedarville, Illinois family and was one of the first American Women to get and complete a college education.

Jane's father was the president of the Second National Bank of Freeport and served as a senator from 1854 to 1870. He was also a founder of the Republican Party and a staunch supporter of Abraham Lincoln. Jane was born with a condition called Potts Disease and it left her with a curved spine.

Her condition did not deter her, Jane was aware of her fortunate status and how most women in the country were far from privileged. Jane's family encouraged her to get a good education and she studied both in the USA and Europe. She was driven to get the best education she could in order to use her newly acquired skills to help other women become the best that they could be as well.

to be continued

Montreal's McGill University is an ivy league University and Concordia University specializes in Women's Issues.

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18th Mar 2015 (#)

Yes, women has brought so much difference to society. Excellent article!

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