Jane Addams is one of my favorite women in history. You could call her a renaissance woman because she took on so many causes and made immeasurable improvements in the lives of women and those in need.
I had the chance to visit the Jane Addams Hull House in Chicago, which is the house that she founded with inheritance money. She used the house as a central place for community meetings, art, education, and cultural awareness events. When I reflect on all of the positive changes that Jane Addams had on her surrounding, it inspires me to examine my own surroundings to see what I can do to make a positive change no matter how small. Jane Addams contributed so many things to society, but the thing that stands out the most to me is how she noticed that many in her neighborhood, especially children, were sick and dying because of the unsanitary conditions of the streets. She got herself appointed as a sanitary inspector for the city and through her efforts saved many lives by taking a stand to have a cleaner environment.
“What after all has maintained the human race on this old globe despite all the calamities of nature and all the tragic failings of mankind, if not faith in new possibilities and courage to advocate them” – Jane Addams
– Joy, Support Line Assistant