17. THE WPA PROTESTED AGAINST THE COST OF LIVING 25. THE WPA GREW BEYOND VICTORIA 27. WOMEN'S PEACE ARMY LEAFLETS
FIRST WORLD WAR WOMEN
working for peace in Melbourne 1914-1919
44. STRANDED IN LONDON
Vida Goldstein was stranded in London without
the fare home. According to the Woman Voter the
amount raised was disappointing, owing to the
strike and to the outbreak of influenza. It was not
enough to pay for the return passage.
The Woman Voter recommended that members
join the newly created Women’s
International League for Peace and Freedom
Eleanor Moore from the Sisterhood of
(Dr Strong) thought it desirable that they (women)
should have a society of their own, managed in
their own way ...
The objects of the (Women’s) Peace Army were
not essentially different from those of the
Sisterhood, and the two groups might well have
combined under one name, but for what might be
called a difference in tone ...
If one is to go to gaol for hindering recruiting (that
was the sovereign offence in 1915), or to be
ducked in the river by indignant men in uniform, it
is something to know that the trouble springs from
the assertion of one’s principle and not from the
indiscretion of a colleague ...
The Zurich 1919 Conference -
One of its decisions was to organize a world-wide,
permanent movement under the name “Women’s
International League for Peace and Freedom,”
with a central bureau in Geneva, and National
Sections in as many countries as could be induced
to form them ...
(Sisterhood of International Peace) members then
agreed to become the Australian section ... and
the group was thenceforward known by that
name, or, for convenience, by its initials, WILPF.
Eleanor M. Moore, The Quest for Peace as I have known it in Australia, Melbourne 1949 pp 27, 28-9, 53