The book “Peace on Our Terms” describes events that took place one hundred years ago, at the tail end of World War I. At that time, women in the U.S. were undertaking their final push to get the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which would secure their right to vote, ratified. But they were not alone. Women around the world were claiming their right to gender equity. Why was this happening at this time?
According to Dr. Mona Siegel, the Paris Peace Conference served as a primary catalyst that fueled women and their activism. But, Siegel also shows that getting the right to vote and achieve equality were not in the minds of the statesmen in Paris. They included US President Woodrow Wilson, French Prime Minister George Clemenceau and British Prime Minister David Lloyd George. “Peace on Our Terms” shows women activists were firmly convinced an enduring peace would have to include recognizing women's fundamental political, social and economic rights.
Siegel will discuss the book at Avid Reader in Davis on Jan. 24 at 7:30 p.m. You can find more information and tickets here.