By Julie V. Gottlieb

British girls have been deeply invested in overseas coverage among the wars. This learn casts new gentle at the flip to foreign affairs in feminist politics, the gendered illustration and event of the Munich main issue, and the profound influence made via lady public opinion on PM Neville Chamberlain in his negotiations with the dictators.

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For example, during the inter-war years the Standing Joint Committee of Industrial Women’s Organisations lent its members support to the Women’s Socialist International, the No More War Movement, the National Council for the Prevention of War, the Peacemakers’ Pilgrimage, the League of Nations Union, the British–American Women’s Crusade, the Women’s Peace Crusade, and the Women’s International League, and in October 1936 set up a “Women’s Committee in Aid of Spanish Workers” (in association with the International Solidarity Fund and the Medical Aid Committee).

Nobs. Women’s World Union for International Understanding. In addition to the groups that signed the above petition, there was an array of transnational women’s organizations with significant British representation. These included the Women’s Peace Crusade (formed 1916); the Women’s Peace Pilgrimage; the Women’s Section of the Labour and Socialist International; the Joint Standing Committee of the Women’s International Organisations (formed in 1925 to get women appointed to the League of Nations); and the International Co-operative Women’s Guild (founded in 1921 as the international arm of the British Women’s Co-operative Guild).

Formed in 1929 as the international branch of the British Open Door Council (established in 1926), and likewise dedicated to securing labour and economic equality for women, the ODI held its third annual conference in Prague. 54 The ODI was quick to condemn Nazism, and in July 1933 sent a special resolution to Hitler regarding rumours about the dismissal of German women from their jobs on account of sex. 24 ‘Guilty Women,’ Foreign Policy, and Appeasement The short-lived Equal Rights International, like the ODI principally representing equalitarian principles, and fixing its sights on the passage of the Equal Rights Treaty by the League of Nations, provides a good example of the difficulties of uniting women across partisan and national boundaries.

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