Jane Addams


Jane Addams


In 1900 the Daughters of the American Revolution elected Jane Addams to honorary membership. However, her antiwar stance during World War I and her insistence that even subversives had a right to trial by due process of law caused them to expel her. She commented that she had thought her election was for life, but now knew it was for good behavior.


The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life.

~Jane Addams
Biographical Note: 

Jane Addams was a U.S. social reformer. A supporter of racial equality, female suffrage, and pacifism, she was president of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. She shared the 1931 Nobel Peace Prize with the educator Nicholas Murray Butler.