Please join us celebrating the birthdays of these notable figures and applaud them for their work in Social Justice.
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Jane Addams (September 6, 1860)
Jane Addams was known as an advocator for women’s rights, Women’s Suffrage Movement and social work. Addams co-founded the Hull House in Chicago, Illinois. This Hull House was a center to provide social services and cultural events to immigrants and the poor population. Services include; a center for research, night school for adults, clubs, art galleries, educational courses, childcare, and more. Eventually, the Hulls House expanded into a 13-building settlement complex. She was the first American woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931.
Feng Shan Ho (September 10, 1901)
Feng Shan Ho was a Vienna Chinese diplomat who saved more than a thousand Jews. In 1938, Ho was appointed as Consul General. After the events of Kristallnacht, Ho issued visas to Austrian Jews, which was required to leave Austria, to immigrate to Shanghai for humanitarian reasons. He issued 1,200 visas in the first three months as Consul General. As a result, his assistance helped Austrian Jews avoid persecution. In 2001, he was awarded the title Righteous Among the Nations by the Israeli organization Yad Vashem (official Israel’s Holocaust memorial).
Margaret Sanger (September 14, 1966)
Margaret Sanger was the pioneer for the American reproductive rights movement. In 1916, she established the first birth control clinic to distribute information on contraception. She also founded the American Birth Control League in 1921, which evolved into the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. In 1929, she organized a Harlem clinic with a full African American staff. Sanger provided imperative information and educated immigrants and the poor on contraception. Her social work continues to thrive today.