Jane Addams Google Doodle Honors Hull House Founder and Nobel Prize Winner

By: Josh Wolford - September 6, 2013

Today, Google is honoring social activist and Hull House co-founder Jane Addams with a doodle on their homepage. Addams, who was one of the most influential reformers of the progressive era, was given the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931 – the first American woman to receive the award.

Addams, who was born in Cedarville, Illinois in 1860, is best known for her social work – especially the creation of the Hull House in 1889. She co-founded the first settlement house in the United States with close friend and fellow activist Ellen Gates Starr.

The Hull House allowed immigrants a place to land when they arrived in the country. The original Hull House expanded to 13 buildings by 1911, and featured educational and artistic programs for the immigrants. The Hull House started a wave of settlement houses in the U.S. – that number growing to over 500 in the few decades following the Hull House’s opening.

The Hull House
The Hull House today

Addams was a feminist philosopher, laying the groundwork for women’s suffrage in the early 1900s. She worked tirelessly to help the plight of the poor, marginalized, and under-educated.

“The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life,” said Addams.

Today’s Google Doodle features a depiction of the Hull House and its focus on education and children. Addams died in 1935 at the age of 74 after ongoing complications from a heart attack as well as cancer.

Jane Addams in 1915

Images via Wikimedia Commons

Josh Wolford

About the Author

Josh WolfordJosh Wolford is a writer for WebProNews. He likes beer, Japanese food, and movies that make him feel weird afterward. Mostly beer. Follow him on Twitter: @joshgwolf Instagram: @joshgwolf Google+: Joshua Wolford StumbleUpon: joshgwolf

View all posts by Josh Wolford
  • http://www.louisewknight.com Louise W. Knight

    Three cheers for Google honoring Jane Addams’s birthday! Josh is right to call her a feminist philosopher. And it is true that most people think her major accomplishment was co-founding Hull House, but she is properly remembered better for her remarkable career of political activism in collaboration with women union leaders (she is a co-founder of the National Women’s Trade Union League), with African American civil rights advocates (she is a co-founder of the NAACP), and with civil rights advocates (she was on the founding board of the ACLU, and on the board of its predecessor during World War I, the Civil Liberties Bureau). And that is not even mentioning her peace work during World War (she visited the warring nation capitals to urge mediation) and her work as the first president of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. This woman was the Hillary Clinton of her day, a political leader who was one of the most famous women in the United States and the world. For more, I suggest people read my biography of Addams, JANE ADDAMS: SPIRIT IN ACTION (W. W. Norton, 2010). And thanks again Google for this birthday honor for JA!