chapter  10
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The Memorial Day Statement: Women's Organizations in the 'Peace Offensive' Helen Laville

Women have had a long tradition of using their supposed greater interest in peace as the basis for their claim to an increased political role, expressing the belief that their 'natural' desire, if matched with political power and influence, would inevitably result in a more peaceful world. American suffragist Alice Stone Blackwell argued before World War I, 'Let us do our utmost to hasten the day when the wishes of mothers shall have their due weight in public affairs, knowing that by doing so we will hasten the day when wars shall be no more'.1