Peace as a Women's Issue: A History of the U.S. Movement for World Peace and Women's Rights / Edition 1

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With the publication of Peace as a Women's Issue,the critical role women have played in the US feminist peace movement will, at long last, become visible. This absorbing new book traces the development of the women's campaign for peace in the United States from its roots in nineteenth century abolitionist and suffrage movements to its expression during the recent war in the Middle East.

Peace as a Women's Issueidentifies and follows the four most consistent and well-developed themes within the movement's history: the connection often made between militarism and violence against women; the idea that women are the "mother" of society and therefore inherently against war; the belief that women are prone by nature to act as responsible citizens; and the desire many women feel to be independent of male control.

This long-awaited history of the feminist peace movement in the United States makes possible a fuller, better nuanced, and more balanced treatment of the history of the entire U.S. peace movement. It will be of great interest to historians, students, and scholars of women's studies and peace studies as well as to those interested in actively working toward peace, justice, and equality.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Ranging from the abolitionist movement of the 19th century to the peace encampments of the 1980s, this broad, detailed history tracks the relationship between the movements for peace and for women's rights, noting how certain themes--``motherhood, the connections between militarism and violence against women, responsible citizenship, and independence from male control''--persist through the years. Alonso ( The Women's Peace Union and the Outlawry of War ) writes in style and detail that will appeal mainly to specialists, but she has dug up some interesting information: how Jewish women were at the forefront of activism in New York as fascism grew in Europe; how members of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom debated about neutrality during World War II; how the activists of the 1980s, working outside the political mainstream, were influenced by radical feminism. Enlivening the book are examples of peace literature over the years, such as a dialogue from the Woman's Christian Temperance Union in the late 1890s and an anti-Vietnam War flier from Women Strike for Peace. (Feb.)
Library Journal
This important book fills a gap in the history of American women. Using archival and secondary sources, Alonso (Fitchburg State Coll.) traces the growth of the feminist peace movement from its 19th-century roots to the present. The first comprehensive history of this topic, the book analyzes and discusses the numerous organizations through which women have worked for peace, most prominently the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. Alonso also focuses on local organizations like the New York branch of the Woman's Peace Party and highlights the leadership roles of women like Emily Balch, Carrie Catt, and Jane Addams. Uniting the narrative with key themes such as the connection between militarism and violence against women, Alonso concludes with an illuminating discussion of contemporary developments, e.g., the 1980s peace encampments and the role of the United Nations in fostering global feminist consciousness on this issue. For academic and large public libraries.-- Marie Marmo Mullaney, Caldwell Coll., N.J.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815602699
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/1993
  • Series: Peace and Conflict Resolution Series
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 340
  • Lexile: 1490L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Coming to Terms 3
2 Developing a Feminist-Pacifist Consciousness, 1820-1914 20
3 Suffragist-Pacifists versus the Great War, 1914-1919 56
4 Former Suffragists for Peace during the Interwar Years, 1919-1935 85
5 Dilemmas, Quandaries, and Tensions during War, 1935-1945 125
6 The Effects of McCarthyism on Feminist-Pacifists, 1945-1960 157
7 From Civil Rights to the Second Wave of the Feminist Movement, 1960-1975 193
8 Feminist Peace Activism and the United Nations' Decade for Women, 1975-1985 227
9 Conclusion 260
App. A. A Chronological Listing of U.S. Women's Rights Peace Organizations and Committees 277
App. B. A Partial Chronology of the Metropolitan New York Branch of WILPF 279
Notes 285
Selected Bibliography 307
Index 321
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