Jane Addams to Madeline McDowell Breckinridge, November 30, 1914


November 30, 1914

My dear Mrs. [Breckinridge]: --

There are so many demands in every possible direction for a Women's Peace Meeting that I am inclined to see what I can do toward helping to call such a meeting together.

Mrs. Pethick Lawrence, as well as Madame Rosika Schwimmer, have been staying at Hull-House for the last ten days; they are both, as you know, quite keen that women should take a very definite part in the final adjustment. Mrs. Pethick Lawrence has already formed committees in New York, Boston and Washington (the Washington people, I am afraid, consisting largely of the Congressional Union membership) and a big women's meeting is to be called for January.

Personally, I should rather have a meeting of "social workers" and others representing the new point of view -- the saving of life by all sorts of social devices, and have men as well as women invited. Perhaps the two things are not mutually exclusive, however, and we can have the women's meeting <the> day following the meeting of the others.

I have written Mrs. Whitehouse that something of the sort is being contemplated. I hope we retain such enthusiasm as hers which is, of course, a very wonderful asset in this women's "War against War" movement.

You will have to defend me to Miss Shaw the next time you are in New York. She evidently feels that I should not have withdrawn my name, but I think the situation was changed when it transpired that I was the only vice-president. It put me again in a position of responsibility which I was not willing to assume.

Always affectionately yours,
Jane Addams. [signed]

Mrs. Desha [Breckinridge]
Lexington, Kentucky.