We envision a future where people actively work to dismantle injustices and build a more peaceful, equitable world.

Jane Addams Peace Association History

The Jane Addams Peace Association perpetuates the spirit of activist and pacifist Jane Addams, her love for children and humanity, her commitment to freedom and democracy, and her devotion to the cause of world peace. The organization was founded in 1948 with the express purpose “to foster a better understanding between the people of the world toward the end that wars may be avoided and a more lasting peace enjoyed.” From 1948 until 2013, the Peace Association worked in close partnership with Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, an organization “addressing the root causes of violence through a feminist lens” of which Jane Addams was a founding member. The Peace Association supported Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom as their fiscal sponsor as well as ongoing peace education. Beginning in 2015, the Peace Association’s focus shifted solely to peace education and, in particular, supporting and extending its signature program the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award as well as doing ongoing peace education work.

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