Women, peace and law

The International  Congress of Women in 1915

This Spring, the Peace Palace Library will participate in the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the International Congress of Women that took place in The Hague in 1915. The women who attended this Congress were suffragists, who up until that time, met every other year through their national organization at the International Women Suffrage Alliance.  Due to the outbreak of World War I, their 1915 meeting could not take place in Berlin. Despite of the war, the idea of solidarity among the women from different countries remained intact.

Dr. Aletta Jacobs, a Dutch suffragist and physician, played an important role in organizing this Congress. Approximately, 1500 women from 12 neutral as well as warring countries gathered in The Hague. The women in the Congress succeeded in passing a series of resolutions; some of protest, some offering recommendations towards an end of the war and some towards permanent peace. This website is dedicated to the memory of the International Congress of Women and serves as a visual representation of this important moment in history.

Image gallery ‘Women and Peace’

This gallery demonstrates various images of the International Congress of Women’s in 1915 and some of the leading women involved at the time. In addition to the Congress, the gallery also provides an impression of the early years of the history of the Women’s Peace Movement. This presentation was created in close cooperation with ATRIA, Institute on gender equality and women’s history in Amsterdam.

The Peace Palace Library would like to express our gratitude to IAV-Atria Institute for the usage rights to these images from their collection.

Female delegates to the International Congress of Women in The Hague, aboard the ''MS Noordam.'' April 1915. Bain Collection Digitized by the Library of Congress
Female delegates to the International Congress of Women in The Hague, aboard the ''MS Noordam.'' April 1915. Bain Collection Digitized by the Library of Congress
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