JANE ADDAMS: FIRST AMERICAN WOMAN TO WIN NOBEL PEACE PRIZE
Chicago, Illinois (JFK+50) Eighty-five years ago today, December 10, 1931, Jane Addams* became the first American woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Miss Adams was president of the Women's International League For Peace and Freedom. She was the second woman to win the Nobel Prize, the first was Marie Curie in 1903.
The Nobel Prize website says that Jane Addams "worked for many years to get the great powers to disarm and conclude peace agreements." She also worked to help the poor and in 1889 co-founded Hull House here in Chicago.
As National Chairman of the Woman's Peace Party, Miss Addams spoke out strongly against U.S. entry into World War I.
One of Jane Addams' memorable quotes is...
"What after all has maintained the human race (is) faith in new possibilities and courage to advocate them."
*Jane Addams (1860-1935) was born in Cedarville, IL & educated at Rockford Female Seminary. She is best known as co-founder of a settlement house for immigrants located in Chicago, Il. called Hull House.
"Jane Addams-Facts," The Official Site of the Nobel Prize, www.nobelprize.org/
"Nobel Prize Awarded Women," The Official Site of the Nobel Prize, www.nobelprize.org/