Note to junior high kids who have to do a report on an influential person: Pick Jane Addams.
Today’s Google Doodle celebrates what would have been the 153rd birthday for the progressive-era social activist, who is best known for co-founding Hull House in Chicago, a place where new immigrants as well as the poor could land on their feet. It featured educational courses for adults, art classes, open kitchens, day care and many other social welfare programs, helping around 2,000 people each week. Addams’ inspiring social work was political as well: A champion for the women’s suffrage movement, she also was president of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and a humanitarian assistant to President Hoover, winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931. She died in 1935.
The homepage drawing features — what else? — Addams in a multi-colored house with a bunch of women and children, who were the focus of her social justice work.