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A true Hero for womans rights

Updated on September 16, 2010

Probably one of the most famous and least known Heroines in the Woman Rights movements was Jane Addams, in my opinion. This was a truly noble woman who understood her sexuality and what a woman should fight for. Her political prowess and genius made her a great woman and American that both men and women can not fail to hold respect for. Any person with a daughter needs to educate their child on this woman, even men have a lot to learn from her. Maybe she isn't a pop star, but if you teach your children young they will learn to admire, follow and mirror these people and not the sluts on American T.V. Please take the time to read the links below and share your thoughts on this great God fearing American Hero.

Though Addams was a progressive and liberal in many aspects of her political agendas, she also saw the inherent trouble with the emergence of the "new woman". She categorized the sexuality of the "new woman" with prostitution. Seeing that even in her time, the early 20th century, that women would use sex as a way to advance their situation, which in essence actually went further to belittle the women seeking a better chance at life in America. She was extremely Victorian in the sense that she believed the only powerful woman was a woman with a "pure" asexual womanhood.

Jane's "Hull House" was the first American settlement house for immigrants. Part of the hull house was dedicated to help single mothers and women to further their chances at a successful life in the United States. She started a penny savings bank, a day care for working mothers, an employment bureau, a child's clinic and a community play ground at her converted Mansion. There she encouraged immigrants to become American but to also enrich the US culture with their own native cultures. This helped to make American the rich culture it is today where you can find many different cultures in a single city, almost like visiting the whole world without leaving home. She was well known for her speeches on women rights and her down to earth nature. It was widely know to women around her neighborhood that they could come and speak to her about any of their problems, and receive objective and helpful advice. She encouraged women, to speak their mind and stand up for injustices done to them but also adhere to the biblical duties of a woman. She understood that a womans power was a great thing and the most influential instrument in raising the children that would be our future leaders. She stressed that fact that is was a womans responsibility to keep their neighborhood clean, and actively take roles in local and federal elections and politics. Even before the days of woman suffrage, she fought for the rights of women to vote, and to actively seek out and grasp opportunities to advance their lives just as the men of the time were doing. She gave seminars and speeches for not just women but on how she thought world peace could be achieved. She was among the bravest and most admirable women in the world. She held no fear of men, and also knew that Purity was the key to real power, not sex. Though she was very openly Christian she only allowed her live experiences to shape her religious beliefs. Something that can be admired by any person seeking truth. She believed in teaching by example, and hard work to achieve success, no matter what ones views of that were. She had ethics that should be marveled by both men and women alike.

There is no doubt that she was a great woman. Any woman seeking to find her place in life or simply looking for inspiration there is no better place to look. As a man, I respect this woman along the same lines that I respect my male heroes and even higher than some of them.


Born September 6, 1860, and died May 21, 1935. She was awarded the Nobel peace prize in 1931 she was the first woman to receive this award, this honor topped off her many astounding accomplishments. She was a well known feminist, internationalist and a model social worker. She attended Female Semminary where she got her bachlors degree. She published a book called Newer Ideals of Peace. Along with many otherĀ achievementsĀ I haven't listed here.

She is one of the few people I would love to travel back in time to meet. My list is very short it includes maybe 6 other people at most.


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    • pintails7886 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Memphis TN

      Unfortunately most private and public school education is watered down political propaganda. I also graduated from home school, though I attended a Christian school for most of my school career. It was the best school in our state, though I am not sure why, as the only subject we were required to pass was bible class.

      Our children learn what the government thinks they should know, it is very sad. I think it is noble that you would teach your own children, I am sure they are much more knowledgeable than the average american student. I say that because the only way to learn is to teach your self, schools are run by the government public and private.

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      Dr. Wendy 

      7 years ago from Kentucky

      You took me back about 31 years! Jane Addams was never mentioned in my history books either, but my 3rd grade teacher took us on a field trip to Hull House. I homeschool my children, and I have graduated three, and though the history education they are getting is far superior to what they'd get in a traditional school, I forgot about Jane! How did I do that?! I honestly don't remember he being mentioned beyond the days before and after that field trip, but I do remember the feeling I got when I heard about all she did. Thank you so much for this hub!

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      You're still that fantastic writer with every hub Bub! This is excellent! The truth is joy for some of us! God bless that pintails!

    • pintails7886 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Memphis TN

      Thanks Bobbi, and you are correct from what I know about her. I however didn't learn about her until recently unfortunately. Thank you for the kind words, and I am glad you enjoyed my work. I look forward to hubbing with you in the future.

    • BobbiRant profile image


      8 years ago from New York

      Having done Social Work I can tell you I have studied about this woman, 'the mother of Social Work' great hub, thanks for sharing about her.

    • pintails7886 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Memphis TN

      ah the ever stalking writers block. Yes it sucks, and it is rare to discover the cause, usually I just try to write and write and write until something starts to flow again. I usually do my best work when I am depressed or mad or any strong emotion really. The stronger I feel on the subject that more I put myself into my work. I write creatively a lot, a whole lot actually. I usually keep it to my self though, some of the stuff I write are my deepest thoughts, and very private. One thing that helps me the most is not writing for other people. When I write anything I write only for me. Maybe that sounds selfish, but it really helps me create what I think is my best work. Of course any good writer is overly judgmental of them selves but it helps us grow.

      Jane was an amazing woman, if you check some of the links I posted for her, she did much more than what I put in this hub. I was reading about the early 1900's and came across her, and was amazed that I had never seen her in my history book in school. surprise surprise.

      thanks for stopping by.

    • Youngcurves19 profile image


      8 years ago from Hawaii

      This gave me goose bumps! you really do have a gift with words! I am very inspired to write something thats...actually meaningful...ive been trying dont get me wrong but I have had writers block for ALONG time. I dont know why. Anyways I did not hear her name before your right not very well known but a hero non the less

      thanks for the hub

    • Freya Cesare profile image

      Freya Cesare 

      8 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

      Osama, Obama or Ofama, dear, dear, you have to make up your mind about him. Didn't we already agree about his name? B*** Of***?

    • pintails7886 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Memphis TN

      Yeah, and unlike Osama, I mean I Obama she actually earned her Nobel peace prize. Lol Ofama jokes aside she was a great woman, and a great role model. I just learned about her a couple weeks ago and was so impressed with her I thought maybe I would write a short dedication to her and her achievements.

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      Freya Cesare 

      8 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

      She is kind of hero we need today. But too bad, our hero today came out from MTV! So sad!


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