Meeting Report

November 21, 2010

Sally Berlant and Ellen Schwartz
Jane Addams

Sally and Ellen were introduced by Pennie Taylor, Esther Franklin’s daughter, who read a letter written by Ms. Franklin to the group of 25 interested humanists in the Fahs Room.

Jane Addams, an activist born 150 years ago, founded the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) in 1915 and was eventually awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts to eliminate war. Ms. Schwartz brought a number of copies of Jane Addams: Spirit in Action, by Louise W. Knight, and sold nearly all of them, so interesting was her and Ms. Berlant’s talk. Indeed, the group was taken with the true story of such a brave woman who was an activist before women were expected to be active outside the home.

The book is available at Amazon. For those interested in learning more about Jane Addams and the organization she founded, there also is a wealth of information at the WILPF Web site.

Our heartfelt thanks go to Sally and Ellen for their excellent presentation. And our best wishes for a speedy recovery go to Esther, who was unable to present this topic because of a leg injury.

Report prepared by Roger Zabkie, Secretary

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