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Jane Addams (1860-1936) - First American woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. She was a leader in the Suffrage movement and co-founder (with Ellen Gates Starr) of Hull House, an institution set up in the poor neighborhood of Chicago to provide services such as daycare and classes in music and literature for recent immigrants.

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Frances Perkins of Worcester, MA - First female cabinet member. Came up with social security, the 40-hour work week and overtime pay. You're welcome, America.

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Jane Addams, first American woman awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, leading woman of the Progressive Era, advocate for mama-concerns such as children, public health, and world peace.

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30 Women to Thank for Your Right to Vote

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9 Most Influential Women in the History of Social Work. Celebrating #WomensHistoryMonth and #SocialWorkMonth by featuring some incredible female social work leaders!

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Jane Addams (September 6, 1860 – May 21, 1935) was a pioneer settlement worker, founder of Hull House in Chicago, public philosopher, sociologist, author, and leader in woman suffrage and world peace...

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