When the year 1898 opened, most of Jane Addams's efforts for women's suffrage still lay ahead of her. Indeed, she had yet to undertake nearly all of the reform work on which her later reputation as a leading reformer would be based. Addams's increasing influence and prominence grew out of her gift for addressing compelling social and moral questions and her developing talent for putting her ideas into national circulation. In 1898 and 1899 five major national journals and magazines would publish her articles about municipal corruption, labor unions, charity, and settlements, and she would begin to amalgamate her thinking into a series of integrated lectures that would become a book. In these years her devotion to a life of combined political action and writing and her profound commitment to moral integrity would shape her into an activist philosopher (or was it a philosophical activist?) of the first rank.
Keywords: women's suffrage, Jane Addams, labor unions, moral integrity, activist philosopher, ethics