Women's International League for Peace and Freedom

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Women's International League for Peace and Freedom

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The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (W.I.L.P.F.)was founded in 1915 at The Hague by women active in the suffrage movements in Europe and America who wished to end the First World War and to insure that no further wars occurred. The League began its work in Canada in 1920 in Vancouver, led by Dorothy Steeves and Laura Jamieson, with Lucy Woodsworth, Agnes McPhail and Violet McNaughton among its members. The League's work has been to promote peace education and to campaign for disarmament and anti-militarism. During World War II it opposed the introduction of military cadet training in schools and it has investigated textbooks which glorified war. In 2001, the Vancouver branch joined with the Toronto branch to start a Canadian section.


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