In honor of years of work as head of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Jane Addams was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931.
She was the first U.S. woman to receive this honor.
In one of her many writings on the need for worldwide peace, Addams said, “I should like to see the women of civilization rebel against the senseless wholesale human sacrifice of warfare.
I am convinced that many thousands of women throughout the world would gladly rise to this challenge.”
Addams was also well known for campaigning for social reforms and democratic freedom, and she helped found the American Civil Liberties Union in 1920.