Jane Addams to Maud Wood Park, November 1, 1922



November 1, 1922

Mrs Maud Wood Park President
National League of Women Voters

Dear Mrs Park

May we invite you personally as President of an organization of women interested in the peace of the world, to attend the Conference called by the W.I.L., at The Hague December 9-11, 1922. We should like to invite your organization to send official delegates, or if this not possible to arrange during the next month, at least fraternal delegates.

The members of the International Executive Board who recently met in Europe have called this emergency conference, because they had seen week by week utter despair coming upon the people of Central Europe and the other Nations helpless to disentangle themselves from the economic disaster which the existing settlement had brought upon them all.

Public opinion in Europe is agreed that the only remedy lies in changing the basic terms of the peace treaty, and many publicists in the United States are coming to the same conclusion.

We are planning to sail on the S.S. [Volendam], November 21. Mrs. Lewis, our National Chairman, and at least ten others of our section are answering this imperative call. We also hope for representatives from other National Organizations of Women in the United States. Each delegate of course to pay her own expenses.

In the week following our conference, December 10-15, the International Federation of Trades Unions is to hold a World Peace Congress at The Hague, which will adopt resolutions against war and militarism. These two gatherings called without relation to each other, but striking out for the same goal will, we hope, crystallize public opinion, which is gathering force in all nations.

Faithfully yours,

Jane Addams [signed]

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Enclosed please find first provisional draft of Resolutions submitted by the Agenda Committee for our consideration.