AddamsF17In December 1931, Jane Addams became the first American woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. Jane Addams Day (December 10) celebrates that achievement and provides an opportunity to once again recognize the many remarkable achievements of Addams’s life. Want to learn more about this incredible woman from Cedarville, Illinois? You’ve come to the right place. The University of Illinois Press has been publishing the Jane Addams papers and scholarship on Addams for nearly two decades. Find out about her philosophy on the practice of democracy, founding of the settlement house movement in Chicago, activism for world peace, and much, much more. Addams famously wrote, ““The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life.” Let her be your inspiration.

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