Jane Addams (1860-1935) is honored on the 10-cent Famous American Scientists stamp issued April 26, 1940. With her friend Ellen Gates Starr, Addams founded Chicago's Hull-House in 1889. Hull-House inspired the nation's settlement house movement, which provided crucial social services in poor and working-class neighborhoods. She was also the first president of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, serving from 1919-1929. Addams received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931, the first American woman to receive this honor. Though involved in many Progressive-era reform movements, her gravestone in Cedarville, Illinois, simply reads: Jane Addams of Hull-House and the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. Clearly, she considered these her life's greatest achievements.
-Gordon T. Trotter, December 10, 2007
Scott Catalogue USA: 878
Museum ID: 1980.2493.2865