Nearly a century before the beginning of "multiculturalism," Jane Addams put forward her conception of the moral significance of diversity. Each member of a democracy, Addams believed was under a moral obligation to seek out diverse experiences, making a daily effort to confront others' perspectives. She believed that morality must be seen as a social rather than an individual endeavor and democracy as a way of life rather than merely a basis for laws. Failing this, both democracy and ethics remain sterile, empty concepts (www.semcoop.com).
"The sphere of morals is the sphere of action," Addams proclaims. It is not enough to believe passively in the innate dignity of all human beings. Rather, one must work daily to root out racial, gender, class, and other prejudices...
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...t in mine; but, this is a goal that we all should hope to achieve. And had Addam's pushed for this relationship between the sexes, who knows the leaps and bounds that society and women's rights could have reached. This idea of a Godly love in society could hardly be argued against; because, there is no downside. Only positives towards a more efficient society.
While Jane Addam's and I don't share the same religious beliefs, we do share the same opinion on a woman's incomparable ability to influence society in a way
that is necessary and important. I believe that without Addam's influence, our
society and the way we see one another both domestically and internationally
would be years behind where we are today. For her work, I hold a great deal of
appreciation and respect. For without her pursuit of equality among the sexes, I
may not be here writing this paper.
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