chapter  2
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Women At The Hague

Rebuffed during the first months of the war, the peace advocates nonetheless continued to expand the mediation movement. Once again it was women who seized the initiative. Even as President Wilson was refusing to see a delegation regarding the Wisconsin Plan, several American women were preparing to attend a large international women’s congress in the Netherlands. Aletta H. Jacobs, president of the Dutch National Society for Women Suffrage, had unwittingly promoted the congress when, upon hearing that the war compelled the German women to cancel the biennial meeting of the International Woman Suffrage Alliance scheduled to be held in Berlin in June 1915, she convened an emergency meeting of the Dutch alliance’s foreign affairs committee to consider an IWSA meeting on neutral territory.