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Response to Part 2 International Perspectives on Social Justice in Education

ByLISA LEE

Jane Addams, the fi rst (and only) U.S. woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize-in 1931-served for three exhilarating terms on the Chicago Board of Education. For Addams, the importance of securing education for youth was entangled with the furious struggle to establish a broad system of social welfare. Although she was most famous for her work to end militarism abroad, Addams passionately believed that there could be no peace without justice and that justice would not exist until we created the conditions for peace to fl ourish at home, in our own communities and neighborhoods. These conditions included public housing, public health, living wages for all people, playgrounds and green spaces in all neighborhoods, and vibrant art and music programs in our schools to ensure the unleashing of imagination and creativity in young people from all backgrounds.