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International] Addams, Jane; Blatch, Emily G.; Hamilton, Alice; contribs.

Women at the Hague: The International Congress of Women and Its Results.

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The Birth Of The
International Women's Peace Movement
[Meetings]. Addams, Jane; Balch, Emily G.; and Hamilton, Alice. Women At the Hague: The International Congress of Women and Its Results. By Three Delegates to the Congress from the United States... New York: Macmillan, 1915.
8vo; previous owner's signature; white paper-covered boards; label on cover and spine; a well-read copy, covers and spine heavily darkened.
An advance review copy (so stamped) of the proceedings of the first international women's peace conference; with articles by Jane Addams, Alice Hamilton, and others and several lengthy appendices. A scarce volume which documents a crucial moment in women's and anti-war history:
On January 9, 1915, eighty-six delegates representing major women's organizations in the United States met in New York to establish the Woman's Peace Party. Pacifist sentiment had long been a feature of women's organizations, and when war broke out in 1914, many "expressed astonishment that such an archaic institution should be revived in modern Europe." Under the leadership of Jane Addams, a delegation of forty-seven American women attended the International Congress of Women at the Hague in Holland in April 1915. The conference marked the birth of the International Women's League for Peace and Freedom...the league is today the oldest continually active peace organization in the United States...Five of its members have won Nobel Peace Prizes, including Jane Addams in 1931... (HAWH, pp. 673-7)
An entire chapter of Marie Louise Degen's study History of the Women's Peace Party (Baltimore, Johns Hopkins, 1939, pp. 64-91) is devoted to the Hague meeting.
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