Jane Addams

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Jane Addams: A Chronology
Historical chart comparing the 1915 and 1919 WILPF resolutions and U.N. SCR 1325


Jane Addams, Her Story, Ideas and Legacy

Jane Addams was a leading figure in the American and international peace movements in the early 20th century for two reasons. First, she helped create and lead the major organizations through which women in the United States and around the world participated in those movements between 1915 and 1929. Her accomplishments included:

Jane Addams c 1900In addition, Addams was a talented public communicator whose opinions were influential in the United States and around the world. She was the author or co-author of two books about her experiences in the peace movement (Women at the Hague and Peace and Bread in Time of War) and lectured widely, both in the United States and in Europe and Asia, on issues related to women and peace, including women's rights. In recent years, it is more often recognized that women's rights are human rights and that war, poverty, and suffering arise whenever human rights are neglected. Addams understood this beginning as early as 1907. In her book Newer Ideals of Peace, published that year, she offers an extended criticism of the harmful forces of "militarism," which she defines broadly to include hierarchical, discriminatory values and practices of any kind. Her definition of violence echoes that of one of the men she most admired, Gandhi -- that poverty is the worst kind of violence, and her definition of peace included freedom from prejudice. Addams was honored for her role as a leader of the world peace movement in 1931, when she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize -- the first American woman, and only the second woman, to receive it. Appropriately enough, President Barack Obama unconsciously (we assume) echoed Addams's broad vision of the meaning of peace in his acceptance speech when he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009. Research may confirm that Addams and Obama are the only two Chicago grassroots organizers so far to receive the peace prize. Her broad vision of the meaning of peace, echoed in the last part of President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize address in December 2009, is another reason that Addams is featured prominently on this website.

Directory of Recent Essays and Scholarship on Jane Addams

This web site is dedicated to maintaining a current list of scholarship relevant to Jane Addams, Women in Peace History, and to the progress of United Nations SCR 1325. Below is a directory of original content about Jane Addams, her life and work toward peace. If you are aware of new essays that we would want to include on this list, please email our web manager.

Jane Addams: A Chronology  
Statement regarding the Celebration of The 150th Anniversary of Jane Addams’s Birth and The Tenth Anniversary of the Adoption of United Nations Security Resolution 1325  
Zip Code 11218 and Jane Addams's Newer Ideals of Peace  
Historical chart comparing the 1915 and 1919 WILPF resolutions and U.N. SCR 1325  
Visit the Jane Addams Papers Project Web Site to view sample documents  
See links to primary and secondary resources about Jane Addams at our Jane Addams Scholarship Forum