In 1931 Jane Addams became the first American woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Ms. Addams was a supporter of women’s rights, particularly women’s suffrage as well as an advocate for world peace, but she is perhaps best known as the founder of Hull House in Chicago. Hull house opened as a place where poor and immigrant women could get educational opportunities, but expanded over the years to provide a wide range of services to poor communities around Chicago. Addams filled many roles in Chicago advocating for education, for improvement of conditions for the poor, and for women’s rights.

Sadly, Hull House recently had to close, a victim of the economic crisis, but the impact it has had over the years since Addams founded it in 1889 will live on in the countless lives that were improved by the opportunities it provided.