How Did Jane Addams Changed During The Progressive Era

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"We stand here today united in a belief in beauty, genius, and courage, and that these can transform the world" Jane Addams was an incredible woman who helped make the changes in child labor laws and the rights of workers that occurred during the Progressive Era. She took action to get corporations to raise wages and improve workplace quality for poor Americans, even though she herself was rich. She fought to make America go through an evolution both mentally and physically by making people aware of the struggles of working immigrants and making sure changes happened to keep workers safe as they provided for their families. Addams was born in Cedarville, Illinois. Because her father, John Addams, was a moderately wealthy politician and businessman, She was one of the first generation of women to attend college. After graduating she traveled to England. There she saw houses in the slums that were made to help educate and enable the poor to get better jobs. She thought bringing these houses to America could help Americans evolve and gain a more progressive way of thinking. When she came home she built the Hull House. During the Progressive Era there was a large increase in uneducated immigrants coming into America. At the Hull House immigrants from all different countries could be educated. There were nurseries for children of working parents. There were also counseling and recreational …show more content…

This is my reality because Addams worked hard to make America evolve when problems like child labor first appeared during the Progressive Era. She used her intelligence to get government officials and poor immigrants alike listen to her instead of dismissing her ideas because she was a woman and wealthy. I hope that one day more women will be as strong willed and confident as Addams, because if she was able to make such big changes in a time when women were not considered equals, imagine what amazing changes women today could

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