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"Declaration of Conscience"
"Senate Bill - S. 200"
"Leave It to the Girls"
Mutual Broadcasting System
From the collection:
Statements and Speeches, vol. VI, p. 143
Wars are man-made. Peace could be partially woman-made. But the blunt truth is that women have merely echoed the same fears of men who make war. I just have a notion -- maybe it's a woman's hunch -- that were there a half dozen outstanding American women -- women versed in world affairs -- to sit down with a similar group of women from France, England – and yes, even Russia -- to discuss means of attaining world peace -- that they could get somewhere. They might avoid the seemingly dangerous impasse that men have created to the moment.
The women of each major nation could select representatives to a Women's World Group that would meet in Paris or Geneva or some other place and hold a peace conference of their own. Their agenda would be to determine specific ways and means of moving in the direction of world peace.
The men have been given their chance -- why not let the women have theirs? At least it's worth a try -- for were it to do nothing else it would bring to the women as never before an awareness of their own individual responsibility in this matter of avoiding war and securing peace — of halting world suicide and making peace a reality instead of just a hope.
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