She was four when she contracted tuberculosis of the spine. Which caused a curvature in her spine and lifelong health problems, including having to spend months bedridden at times.
But Jane Addams knew from a young age that she wanted to help the poor. And help she did.
She would go on to start the Hull House in Chicago, become a co-founder of the ACLU, a founder of social work in the U.S., and the first woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize.