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Dissident FriendshipsFeminism, Imperialism, and Transnational Solidarity$
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Elora Halim Chowdhury and Liz Philipose

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040412

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040412.001.0001

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A Spirit of Solidarity

A Spirit of Solidarity

Transatlantic Friendships among Early Twentieth-century Female Peace Activists (Wilpfers)

(p.203) Chapter 9 A Spirit of Solidarity
Dissident Friendships

Laurie R. Cohen

University of Illinois Press

This chapter concentrates on feminist-pacifist transnational dissidents in the twentieth century. It first provides an overview of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) and its origins, before presenting a selection and a more in-depth analysis of a few examples of personal-political and dissident friendships that developed among leading, high-profile transatlantic women peace activists. It also examines certain tensions at play throughout the interwar period, showing that it was a political and ultimately life commitment to the institution (WILPF) that helped keep these friendships from breaking up irrevocably, despite changing interpersonal relations, diverging political or ideological agendas, and entering activists who had grown up in a new century and/or culture, all of which caused a series of disruptions and some shifting of alliances and allegiances.

Keywords:   WILPF, feminist-pacifist, transnational dissidents, twentieth century, transatlantic women, peace activists, Wilpfers

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