Meeting Report

 May 17, 2015

Esther Franklin
WILPF’s 2015 Centenary Celebration
and Conference in The Hague

About twenty-five people enjoyed Esther Franklin’s interesting presentation. Esther is a long time HAGSA member, who has also been long active in the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). She reported on her trip to WILPF’s very well-attended centennial conference, which was recently held in The Hague. Since she was not an official delegate, she was not able to attend the business meetings. However, she was able to attend many talks and panel discussions. Esther also gave her impressions of Amsterdam and The Hague.

WILPF was started in 1915 in the second year of the First World War. The first president of the organization was Jane Addams, an American who founded Hull House in Chicago. Hull House was a place where Jane Addams and her assistants provided practical education for mostly immigrant working people. It was also a place for social interaction, lectures and cultural activities. She publicly opposed American intervention in the First World War and went on to win the Nobel Peace Prize. WILPF still engages in educational activities and in political action in pursuit of its goals.

Wayne Luney followed Esther’s presentation with a brief report on the recent AHA Conference (also well-attended) in Denver, CO.

Report prepared by Wayne Luney

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