Jane Addams was a great pioneer in social work and civil rights, and together with Ellen Gates Starr founded Hull House. This important institution not only pioneered settlement houses in the United States it also helped bring about many changes crucial to the improvement of society.
Hull House attracted a number of powerful women, the "Great Ladies of Halsted Street," who were dedicated to social reform. Their efforts brought about improvements in living and working conditions for women and children. Their efforts in the early twentieth century, led to the recognition of the rights of individual human beings, particularly women and children.
As great as the contribution of Hull House and its ladies was, it could not change the hearts and minds of self-centered people from exploiting or ignoring the suffering of those weaker and less fortunate than themselves. Their educational programs could not go beyond external training; their social reforms changed the laws governing social behavior but not the minds of those who acted selfishly. True and complete solutions to social evils can only come from internal, spiritual change which will allow people to live as one human family.
Hull House was thus part of the preparation for the coming of true human societies on the earth, following the consummation of human history in the Last Days. The advent of such change depends on the internal transformation of human nature to match the external form that Hull House sought to provide.