Famous social reformer and women's rights activist Jane Addams was born on Sept. 6, 1860, and died in 1935. One of Addams' first achievements as an activist was co-founding the Hull House in Chicago, which was dedicated to helping the poor. She was co-winner of the Nobel Prize in 1935.
Addams was born in Cedarville Illinois, and had eight other siblings. Since her father was a businessman and state senator, she grew up with few wants. She was inspired to begin a settlement house in Chicago after visiting a similar one in England. Hull House of Chicago established social programs for poor and immigrant populations. Addams often spoke on the subject of peace, and she published her talks in a 1907 work called "Newer Ideals of Peace." She became chair of the Women's Party following the beginning of World War I. As a peace advocate, Addams dedicated herself to finding a way to end the war, and she worked as President of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom from 1919 to 1929. Her health began to drastically decline following a heart attack in 1926. She died in Chicago on May 21, 1935, and is widely remembered for her efforts as an avid philanthropist and activist.