Jane Addams was born in 1860–the daughter of a wealthy Illinois businessman. At the age of two, her mother died after falling on ice while pregnant. This left Jane empathetic to how fate could work against a person. Continue reading Jane Addams: Chicago’s Progressive Shero
Kate F. O’Connor was born in Rockford, Illinois June 1, 1863 to Irish immigrants. She was the youngest of 8 children and not much is known of her younger life. After graduating from high school, Kate studied drawing and painting for a short while. After temping in the County Clerk’s office, in 1882 she was appointed deputy to the County Clerk.