Women Against War

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Women Against War is the name of two organizations of women opposed to war. The first of these organizations was created in the 1950s in response to the Vietnam War. The second is the currently operating organization working out of Delmar, New York.

Past[edit]

The Vietnam War played a major role in the creation of many anti-war organizations. This war was often considered to be an unpopular war. Mary Phelps Jacob, later known as Caresse Crosby, founded the organization during the 1950s. Part of her work for the Women Against War group was her attempt to establish a Peace Act of 1950. In an attempt to support the bill, she proposed "Peace Bonds" that would be similar to the savings bonds the government put out. Jacob also lobbied for a Department of Peace. Her work was not embraced by those she attempted to appeal to. She also worked to create a group known as the "Citizens of the World." [1]

During the time of the Women Against War, there was another women's anti-war activist group known as Women Strike for Peace, which worked for and succeeded in obtaining a nuclear test ban, and a student lead group called the Student Peace Union.[2]

Present[edit]

The modern Women Against War movement was composed by women in the Capital Region and surrounding communities. The vision statement of the modern day Women Against War movement is that war is not the answer and that women can help to develop alternatives to violence.[3] Different activities that the Women Against War movement has taken part in include:[4]

  • Fast for Peace
  • Voices and Bells
  • The Peace Tent

Current Projects

  • The Afghanistan Project works to replace military occupation with development and diplomacy and to educate people about the need for a negotiated, regional peace settlement[5]
  • Iraqi Refugee Project[6]
  • Grannies for Peace[7]

The modern Women Against War movement also has in its grasp a Facebook page, which currently has 338 followers.[8]

Future[edit]

The Women Against War movement has made great strides toward a peaceful world. They seem to be using the political process theory described by sociologists as being focused on openings in the formal political system.[9] By continued use of social media and the website set up by the Women Against War movement, their numbers will grow and their message will spread. Other movements such as the Arab Spring utilized social media and were able to gather supporters from all over the world. It seems that with the amount of followers the Women Against War Facebook page, the members of this group are likely to spread their message and give information regarding their various current projects.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hamalian, Linda (2005). The Cramoisy Queen: A Life of Caresse Crosby. pp. 163–164. ISBN 9786613808301. 
  2. ^ Lieberman, Robbie (2000). The Strangest Dream: Communisim, Anticommunism, and the U.S. Peace Movement, 1945-1963 (1st ed.). Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press. pp. 161, 163. ISBN 978-1-61735-055-9. 
  3. ^ "About Us". Women Against War. 
  4. ^ "About Us". Women Against War. 
  5. ^ "Women Against War: Afghanistan Project". Women Against War. 
  6. ^ "Iraqi Refugee Project for the Capital District". Women Against War. 
  7. ^ "Grannies for Peace". Women Against War. 
  8. ^ "Women Against War". Facebook. 
  9. ^ Carty, Victoria (2015). Social Movements and New Technology. Boulder, CO: Westview Press. p. 33. ISBN 978-0-8133-4586-4. 

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