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May 4, 2023

Jane Addams was the eighth of nine children in a prominent family. Her father was a wealthy businessman and politician, who was connected to Abraham Lincoln. Her mother was a homemaker who instilled in Jane a sense of duty to help others. After attending college in Illinois, Jane traveled to Europe and was deeply moved by the poverty and suffering she witnessed there.

Upon returning to the United States, Jane settled in Chicago and co-founded Hull House, a settlement house that provided social services to immigrants and the poor. Hull House became a model for similar institutions across the country, and Jane became a leading voice for social reform.

Throughout her career, Jane advocated for a wide range of causes, including women's suffrage, labor rights, and peace. She was a vocal opponent of World War I and became the first woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931 for her work promoting peace and social justice.

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