“Jane Addams lived in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, but her life’s work still resonates in a big way today. Social worker, suffragette and activist are just some of the titles that apply to her. In 1889, Jane founded a social settlement called Hull House, which supported thousands of people each week – mainly immigrants, the poor and the dispossessed. It became a model for similar communities in the future.
“Jane studied medicine as a young adult but decided that wasn’t her calling. She was inspired during a trip to London when she visited the world’s first settlement house, Toynbee Hall. Within months, she opened the doors to a similar facility in her hometown of Chicago.
“Originally conceived to give immigrants and the poor access to the arts, Hull house evolved … ”
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