Chicago Women's History, 1870-1930

"Hull-house play ground." Tenement conditions in Chicago; report by the Investigating Committee of City Homes Association (Chicago, Ill.). 1901. H 539 .172
"Hull-house play ground." Tenement conditions in Chicago; report by the Investigating Committee of City Homes Association (Chicago, Ill.). 1901. H 539 .172
Saturday, October 4, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Saturdays, October 4 - November 8

10 am - Noon

Led by Joan Johnson

Between 1870 and 1930, Chicago was home to some of the nation’s most important women reformers, including Jane Addams, Frances Willard, and Ida B. Wells. Seminar participants will gain a deeper understanding of the lives and times of six influential Chicago women. This biographical approach uses their lives and writings to discuss issues including progressive reform, cross-class coalitions, legal equality, suffrage, racial uplift, and education. Writings by the selected women and their contemporaries will be assigned for course reading. Readings for the first session will be available electronically; please refer to your registration confirmation for details.

Joan Johnson, PhD, has written numerous books and articles in women’s history and teaches at Northeastern Illinois University.

Materials List

Required Text(s):

Readings will be available in a choice of two formats; please indicate your preference when you register:

  • a free, electronic copy; or
  • a course packet, which will be distributed and purchased at the first session. It will cost approximately $15-25 (cash or check accepted).

Readings for the First Session:

  • Readings for the first session will be available electronically; please refer to your registration confirmation for details.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program.

Cost and registration information: 

Six sessions, $209.
Register Online.