Today, Google gave a nod to the early social work pioneer Jane Addams with an artfully crafted Google Doodle depicting Chicago’s Hull House in honor of her 153rd birthday.
In addition to her invaluable contributions to the field of social work, Addams (1860-1935) was the first American woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
Addams and her friend Ellen Starr were inspired to establish Hull House after a visit to Toynbee Hall, a settlement in the East End of London. Hull House quickly grew into a civic hub of social activity in a poor area of Chicago, accommodating 2,000 people each week within its second year of existence. Hull House offered kindergarten and night school classes, clubs for children and adults, a public kitchen, a gymnasium, a library, an employment bureau and an art gallery, among other services. Until the end of her days, Addams advocated for education, human rights, women’s suffrage and peace.
Continue Jane Addams’ legacy and share your professional contributions to social work at the 2014 SWHPN General Assembly. Click here for information about the conference. Submit your abstract by September 30, 2013.