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The Addams-AARP Connection

Ethel Percy Andrus and Jane Addams

Ethel Percy Andrus (left) and Jane Addams — Bettmann/Corbis

Jane Addams, born 150 years ago on Sept. 6, 1860, may be best known as the founder of Hull House in Chicago — a so-called settlement house that provided educational and artistic opportunities for recent emigrants from Europe.

Addams was a role model for many young women who were inspired by both her work on behalf of the urban poor and her life as a modern, independent woman.  

Producer Deborah George has the story of one of these young women: Ethel Percy Andrus, who became the founder of AARP. Andrus listened to Addams' message of social change and applied it to bettering the lives of older Americans.

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