Address to the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
New York Branch, March 23, 1924 (excerpts)



Less Afraid than Men of Failure, She Says.

New York, March 23. -- {Special} -- "It is far easier for a woman to become a pacifist than a man," Jane Addams declared today, speaking before several hundred members of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.

Women, she said, were also less afraid of failure than men. She told her audience, which applauded her throughout, of the conferences held by the organization at The Hague, Geneva and Vienna, and maintained that, although most organizations bar politics and religion from discussion in their meetings, the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom discusses any subject in an agreeable manner.

Meeting in Washington in May.

"The fourth biennial international congress of the Women's International League," said the speaker, "is to meet in Washington from May 1 to May 7, and the general subject will be 'A New International Order.' The league met for the first time at The Hague in [1915] in protest against war and to formulate principles of permanent peace upon which the members have been working ever since.

"While the rest of the world was entirely absorbed in the terrible realities of modern scientific warfare, this group went steadily ahead, never forgetting the human misery or neglecting the means to relieve it. It always held to the essential truth, that the way to international life must be found."

Lead Way to Permanent Peace.

"Today, with the same high courage with which they faced militarism of ten tragic years of history, they lead the way to reorganization and fresh development of the political and economic and spiritual forces which underlie human relations, national and international."