Women's International League for Peace & Freedom

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The Women's International League for Peace & Freedom is based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and was founded in 1915 during World War I. Jane Addams was its first president.


Laurie Belton is the WILPF Director of Operations and Theta Pavis is the WILPF Peace and Freedom editor.[1]

The WILPF publishes Peace and Freedom Magazine.[2]

The League has also operated out of a Washington legislative office formerly shared with Women Strike for Peace. It has cooperated in WPC and WIDF projects to such an extent that WILPF last year was made a WPC affiliate. WILPF has a tax-exempt "educational" arm, the Jane Adams Peace Association. WILPF leaders include Yvonne Logan, president; Libby Frank, executive director and Betsy Sweet, program director.

The heavy-handed pro-Soviet stance of many WILPF activists includes participation in the WPC and USPC by Disarmament Coordinator Katherine Camp; frequent sponsorship of exchange visits with the Soviet Women's Committee; and a call for a campaign against "anti-Sovietism" in the media-defined as any suggestion that the USSR may be responsible for the arms race or pose a threat to the United States. WILPF's "star" petition campaign utilizes an old WPC slogan, "Stop the Arms Race."[3]


WILPF it aims to promote peace through,

"world disarmament, full rights for women, racial and economic justice, an end to all forms of violence, and to establish those political, social, and psychological conditions which can assure peace, freedom, and justice for all."[4]

National Board

The following are members of the WILPF National Board, as of March 18, 2010:[5]

Ex-Officio Members

United for Peace and Justice

WILPF is affiliated with the United for Peace and Justice.[6]

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