Ellen Gates Starr


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(1859–1940) Ellen Gates Starr is best known for co-founding Hull-House with Jane Addams. Born on a farm in rural Illinois, she attended Rockford Seminary for Women, where she met Jane Addams and the two began a lifetime relationship. After Starr taught at a prominent girls’ school in Chicago, and following a long and intense correspondence with Jane Addams, Starr and Addams traveled together in Europe. It was during this trip that they shared with each other their concern with the lack of meaningful options for women, particularly educated women. Although they were influenced by the social and cultural goals of Toynbee Hall in England, the goal of both women in starting Hull-House was to provide for themselves and for other women a new avenue for living independently and giving meaning to life.


From Encyclopedia of Social Work in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Social Work.

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