Jane Addams

December 10, 2007: Illinois celebrated the first annual Jane Addams Day

Illinois has a virtual AAUW branch – the Jane Addams online branch. Check it out!

Take our quiz!How well do you know Jane Addams? Read or print the quiz
(Word format)

Additional Resources

Find books, articles, discover museums and a movie


City of Chicago Resolution, various press releases, and a letter to locally promote Jane Addams Day

Promotional Ideas

Ideas for promoting Jane Addams Day (pdf)

Branch Program IdeasRead how other branches have celebrated Jane Addams Day (pdf)

tn_addamsAmong many achievements, Jane Addams was:

    • A founder and the first president of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
    • A founder of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
    • A founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
    • The first American woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize

Additional Resources


  • Recommended reading list (pdf)
  • Read an excerpt from Citizen, Jane Addams and the Struggle for Democracy by Louise W. Knight. (pdf)
  • Citizen & other books can be ordered online from our official Jane Addams Day bookstore. Visit Women and Children First & enter “Jane Addams” in the search field.
Jane-related Articles by AAUW member Barbara Zeitz (all pdf files)



  • Dinner at Jane’s is a documentary film directed by Suzanne Lacy. Filmed at Chicago’s Hull-House Museum in September, 1993, during the centennial celebration of the Columbian Exposition.
    Dinner at Jane’s is now available on DVD! For more details, visit http://www.films42.com/feature/JAD09.asp