Julia Ward Howe

We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies, Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage, for caresses and applause. Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn All that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience. We, the women of one country, will be too tender of those of another country To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs.

Ann Reeves Jarvis, women’s health advocate and founder of Womens Work Day (1858); friend of Julia Ward Howe

In the name of womanhood and humanity, I earnestly ask That a general congress of women without limit of nationality May be appointed and held at someplace deemed most convenient And at the earliest period consistent with its objects, To promote the alliance of the different nationalities, The amicable settlement of international questions, The great and general interests of peace.

–Julia Ward Howe (for information about the founding of Mother’s Day and its antiwar and pacifist roots, see https://zinnedproject.org/2014/05/mothers-day-for-peace/ )

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