Social Justice Pioneer and Progressive Era Advocate RememberedWashington, D.C. âThe National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is proud to celebrate Jane Addams Day today, December 10, 2007.Â This anniversary showcases the achievements of the first American woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and a leader of the 19th and 20th century progressive movement in the United States.
Jane Addams devotion to those in need and to their achievements as founder of Chicagoâs Hull House mirror the commitment and dedication found throughout the field of social work,â NASW Executive Director Elizabeth J Clark, PhD, ACSW, MPH said.Â âNASW is pleased to honor Jane Addams, an advocate who embodies the ideals held by our profession.â
Jane Addams helped found the Settlement House movement in the United States.Â With a community-focused approach, settlement houses emerged as a center for social reform activity and served as sanctuary for those in need.Â As one of the most prominent leaders in the countryâs progressive era, Jane Addams pioneered community-based initiatives as a means to achieve social justice.
Her achievements are commemorated in schools and programs throughout the social work discipline.Â The ideals held by Jane Addams can be found in NASWâs current mission to reinvest in community advancement initiatives, and to promote the contributions of the profession to a wider audience.
âIt with great pride that we acknowledge this special day within the field of social work as we honor a woman who helped shape this countryâs position on social issues,â Dr. Clark said. Â Â âNASW will pursue its goals to advance the profession with the same commitment and dedication as practiced by Addams in her pursuit of social justice as an attainable ideal.â