Amy Woods to Jane Addams, January 21, 1924


January 21, 1924

Miss Jane Addams,
Hull House,
Chicago, Illinois.

Dear Miss Addams:

I am sending off this short note in answer to your letter of January 15th, and a little later, I am going to answer in full your previous letters.

Miss Ingham and I both feel that we should not change our plans because of the English Bulletin. The International Committee asked us to hold a Congress -- not a Conference, and all of our Bulletins are built on that, and our plans are made for it. If there were any great advantage in having a "conference" instead of a "congress" of course this could be put aside, but we believe the publicity of a congress will be of much greater value here, and our plans for the international meeting on April 30th will cover the need. At that meeting we are asking national organizations to participate on an equal voting basis, and we hope that many of the delegates will remain over as fraternal delegates to the International Congress, which opens the following day. As invitations have already gone to the national organizations on this assumption, it would be very confusing to change.

We also feel that we would not get the same strength in having European women here to ↑urge↓ conference of the debtor and credit nations, as we shall be making it an appeal from the citizens of the United States.

When we got your letter, we considered the possibility of asking the International Executive Committee to make the first two days' sessions a conference on this subject, working up to a climax on Saturday night. This, however, would vitiate the value of the Congress in the next three days. [page 2]

I see no reason why we cannot go ahead with the other plans you suggest, inviting foreign women's clubs and other organizations to send fraternal delegates. It will be for the Agenda Committee to make the program of vital interest to them as well as to make it only business sessions of the W.I.L.

There is one other thing that decided us on this matter, and that is -- that the International Council of Women is holding a conference on the subject of peace in London on May 1st, and this would seem direct and stupid competition with them.

I hope that you will agree with us. We had to make this decision alone, and we realized that if we should change our program without the authority of the National Board, we should be subjected to considerable criticism.

I am sending the new folder which will be off the press this afternoon, directly to all the other National Sections, with travel information, and I am hoping in this way -- although the title is short -- to be able to get some of them represented.

I will write to Miss Evans as soon as I hear from you.

I hope that you will feel that we have been wise in our decision.


National Secretary.