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Women and Their Contribution to the World

A look at women who made a difference in the world and history.

Women in the last 100+ years have contributed to many things throughout history and we take this time to recognize the many who’s positions have been duely noted in history for their contribution from Law to Humanitarian efforts. Here are a few women who have given their contributions to history in the last century:

Dr. Maya Angelou-One of the most prolific African-American poets of our time and she read an original poem she wrote at the request of William Jefferson Clinton at his inauguration ceremony in 1993 titled “On the Pulse of Morning”. Dr. Angelou has written countless books many that have been on the New York Times best sellers list for years. You can read more about her work on her personal website at

Gwendolyn Brooks-Illinois’ Poet Laureate came from humble beginnings on Chicago’s South Side and gained her literary experience from her mother, Keziah and eventually met some of the greatest literary minds in history like Richard Wright who authored Native Son, and playwright Langston Hughes. She was a fixture as a guest speaker at schools and universities around. Brooks died in 2000 and was due to speak as an honorary keynote speaker at the January 2001 Chicago State University’s winter commencement ceremony, and as a tribute to her the ceremony was dedicated in her honor by marking her assigned seat with a banner and flowers.

Jane Addams-This first generation American college graduate moved to the slums of Chicago in 1889 when the beginning of the south side was rapidly filling up with European immigrants fresh off the boats from Europe and other places. Jane wrote tirelessly on the issue of the settlement movement. She acquired an old mansion in the same year she arrived in Chicago, and called it Hull House which sits on the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago campus on Halsted Street which was converted to a museum and historical center. Jane also had been involved during that heavy period of what was known as the “suffrage movement” and worked tirelessly to bring awareness to social problems and ills that were of high concern back in her time.

Jane died 4 years before the onset of World War II in Europe, but she left a major impact on the world by making people aware of those less fortunate and that they too should never be forgotten. Hull House gets well over a million visitors a year and as a result of Addams work with the poor the University of Illinois founded the Jane Addams School of Social Work as a fitting tribute to a woman who believed in the power of change.

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