Profession: Social Worker and Nobel Laureate
Why Famous: Leader in women's suffrage and world peace, and one of the most prominent reformers of the Progressive Era. She helped turn the US to issues of concern to mothers, such as the needs of children, public health, and world peace.
In 1931 she became the first American woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and is recognized as the founder of the social work profession in the United States.
- 1931-12-10 Jane Addams (1st US woman) named co-recipient of Nobel Peace Prize