Annette Baldwin Portrays Jane Addams
Jane Addams for Hull House Assoc. & Toynbee Hall Int'l. Conference

Jane Addams

Humanitarian & Peace Advocate

Among the first generation of college-educated women, Jane Addams, became one of America’s and history’s most respected and admired women.  After graduating from Rockford  Female Seminary (now Rockford College) in 1881, Addams began the search for a purpose to her life.  In 1889, guided by powerful experiences and the conviction that the inequities of human life might be brought to balance, Addams, along with Ellen Gates Starr established the Chicago social settlement Hull-House. With the simple desire to alleviate poverty and cultural deprivation in the City’s over-crowded Westside neighborhood, Addams, a natural-born leader, attracted some of the brightest women in the U.S. to follow her vision for social justice. This host of reform-minded women found themselves tackling enormous social issues and initiating important progressive reforms: industrial safety, juvenile justice, immigrant rights, labor reform, and child welfare. Their advocacy improved the neighborhoods and the lives of Chicago’s immigrants and resulted in the passage of many city and state laws, bringing Hull-House international acclaim.

Jane Addams’ unwavering belief in world peace and her work through the Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom earned her the Nobel Peace Prize.

In portraying Jane Addams, Annette Baldwin exhibits the distinguished humanitarian’s warmth and strength of character as Addams’ struggles to find a meaningful purpose to her life and begins her journey to effect social change in America.  As the story progresses, we discover some of the experiences which helped Addams find the direction she longed for.   


Annette Baldwin’s study of Jane Addams includes research of the Jane Addams Memorial Collection, University of Illinois at Chicago, the University Library, Special Collections; a visit to the Addams homestead in Cedarville, Illinois, and conversation on the history of the home and the family with then owners’ of the home, Tom and Ida Lou Ennenga.

Kind words about the program

Rave reviews…everyone was wowed by your excellent portrayal of Jane Addams and your skillful sharing of so much historical information about her and Hull House. Thank you for a fantastic program

     -Gail Schrader, Adult Programming Specialist, Warren-Newport Public Library


Your Jane Addams was among our library’s stand-out programs for 2014.  

-D. Wolfe, Schaumburg Township Public Library (Illinois)

The rapt attention of the overflow audience at both of your performances was testimony of your ability to bring Miss Addams to life. 

-Edith Mayo, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

Your Jane Addams was stunning; not only well performed, but exceptionally well written. 

-Mary Jo Graf, Chicago Real Estate Executive Women

Catch this program (Jane Addams) if Baldwin shows up in your town. 

-Viva la Feminista Website

Annette Baldwin

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The first woman to run for United States President?  It was Victoria Claflin Woodhall, running under the Equal Rights Party in 1872.  Her opponents? Ulysses S. Grant (R) and Horace Greeley(D).

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