Speech to Madison Y.M.C.A., January 29, 1922


Jane Addams Pleads to Youth of America to Join Europe in Effort to Prevent All Wars

Urges International Understanding in Speech in Madison

A plea to the youth of America to join the youth of Europe in fostering finer international relations and preventing another war was made by Jane Addams, head of the [Hull] house, Chicago, who returned from an extended European trip last October, and who spoke Sunday night at the university Y.M.C.A. under the auspices of the Badger club.

Miss Addams told of the progress made by women of almost all of the European continental countries. In Austria, she said, were women previous to the war, had to have a special ordinance enacted in Vienna, in order to hold a suffrage meeting, they are now holding all kinds of government positions. Austria last summer had 11 women in the lower house, four women in the upper house and there were 22 women in the city council of Vienna, she said.

Even in [Czechoslovakia], Miss Addams declared, women form an essential part of the state's government. Some of the women in the parliament of that state are unable to read and write, she asserted, but appear to be extremely sensible and entirely at their ease when performing their political duties.

Speaking of education in Europe, Miss Addams pointed out that in spite of the financial difficulties of these countries, especially of the central European nations, there is an increasing demand for cultural education. She told of the excellent work being done by the students of 26 different countries, who are helping to keep alive education in Austria by giving aid to educational publications and by making it possible for the universities to retain at least a part of their teaching forces.

Attempts are being made by various European countries, notably Germany, Belgium, Holland, and England to foster [internationalism] by increased intercourse between the children and young people of their countries, Miss Addams declared. Much of this work is carried on along the border lines between the different nations.

Miss Addams described conditions in Austria and declared that the value of the [crown] had fallen so low there that the breweries used this currency as labels for their bottles being unable to manufacture any label more cheaply.

Miss Addams spoke again this noon before the Kiwanis club.

[image] Jane Addams.

The United States now has the great opportunity if she will seize it, endearing herself to the thousands of her immigrant population by assisting, in as great a measure as she can, their former fellow countrymen in the starving countries of Europe.

At a meeting of the Kiwanis club this noon at the City Y.M.C.A, Miss Addams explained that the general idea in Europe, especially in the remoter countries, is that America is fairly rolling in wealth. The people are grateful for what the United States has done for them, she said, but, in a need so dire as theirs, and with the tales of the wealth of this country, they naturally ask why the United States cannot continue to send the supplies they so desperately need.

There is a general feeling throughout Europe, according to Miss Addams, who returned last October from a four month's trip on the continent and in England, that America is not living up to her traditional part, that she is hampered in giving aid by a number of self-imposed restrictions. She emphasized the need for closer touch with Europe and for an intelligent public opinion on international affairs.

Miss Addams was introduced by Gov. John J. Blaine. Gov Blaine and Pres. E. A. Birge of the university were made honorary members of the Kiwanis club.

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