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By Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones

There are greater than fifty girls within the usa Congress and approximately one-fourth of overseas provider posts are held by means of girls. however, the U.S. has but to entrust a senior international coverage activity, outdoor of the United countries, to a lady. underneath those records lurk significant myths that Jeffreys-Jones cogently identifies and describes: the "Iron Lady"--too masculine; the "lover of peace"--too "pink"; the vulnerable or the promiscuous. those are to call just a couple of. With an eye fixed to the feminist overseas coverage leaders of the long run, the writer lines the successes and screw ups of collectivities corresponding to ladies Strike for Peace and people who have been influential in overseas politics given that global warfare I, together with Alice Paul, Jane Addams, Jeannette Rankin, Dorothy Detzer, Eleanor Roosevelt, Margaret Chase Smith, Helen Gahagan Douglas, Bella Abzug, Margaret Thatcher, and so forth. those ladies usually stumbled on how one can hire the myths to their very own and to their country's profit, and extra lately have had the liberty to defy the stereotypes altogether.

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Nevertheless, the nurturant motherhood idea could be seen as underpinning the notion, still important in the 1950s, that women were the guardians of the family, and as such on the one hand devoted to strong national defense and on the other opposed to ''hot wars" that would harm their offspring. 23Controversial though the idea was and continues to be, it is evidence of the fact that on the subjects of war and peace women had their own modes of thought in the Progressive Era, and that the habit persisted.

4However, compared with men, women politicians have been at once more innocent of, and yet more vulnerable to, such charges. Eleanor Roosevelt was accused of gender impropriety simply for engaging in a public career. Senator Margaret Chase Smith was accused of having entered Congress through sexual guile. Both were the widows of sexually adventurous politicians who were never publicly accused in their lifetimes. Even when one turns to sets of circumstances that might seem encouraging to women, sexism is sometimes a problem.

Its chair was "Fanny" Garrison Villard, the only daughter of the Page 18 abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison. " Though the parade did not itself spawn a new organization, it brought an infusion of new blood into the peace movementonly nine of the 121-member Parade Committee belonged to the Peace Society, though they all came from New York. , established the Woman's Peace Party, with Jane Addams as president. In April of that year Addams and forty-six other American women traveled to an international meeting of suffragists in The Hague, in the neutral Netherlands.

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