Amy Swerdlow. Women Strike for Peace: Traditional Motherhood and Radical Politics in the 1960s. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1993.
“No historian, activist, or self-respecting woman should be without Women Strike for Peace. It shows not only how one group of women created change, but also how they inevitably changed themselves.”
– Gloria Steinam
The first, and as yet only, historical account of Women Strike for Peace, written by founding WSP member and gender history Professor Amy Swerdlow. Intending to “add the story of WSP to the historical record,” Women Strike for Peace weaves personal stories with critical analysis, tracing the development and activities of the group from its formation through to the Test Ban Treaty Campaign and anti-Vietnam War movement of the 1960s.
Amy Schneidhorst. Building a Just and Secure World: Popular Front Women’s Struggle for Peace and Justice in Chicago During the 1960s. New York: Continuum, 2011.
“A valuable addition to our growing knowledge of the history of local peace activism.”
– Harriet Hyman Alonso
With its focus on activism in Chicago, Amy Schneidhorst reveals the significant role played by the “Popular Front generation” in promoting progressive and radical goals into the 1960s. Countering perceptions that younger members of the New Left re-energized socialism at this time, Building a Just and Secure World highlights the role played by middle-aged women leaders in Chicago. In doing so, Schneidhorst adds fresh perspective to peace movement historiography, offering a contrast to dramatizations of men’s antiwar and antinuclear activism in national organizations by telling the often peripheral and one-dimensional stories of female movement leaders. A real highlight of Schneidhorst’s work is the use of interviews and oral histories, particularly from influential leaders such as Shirley Lens, Ruth Dear, Sylvia Kushner, and Cora Weiss.
Judith Porter Adams. Peacework: Oral Histories of Women Peace Activists. Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1991.
Jessica M. Frazier. Women’s Antiwar Diplomacy During the Vietnam War Era. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2017.
“With cutting-edge research, Frazier complicates our understanding of how international connections and networks shaped the development of women’s liberation efforts within the United States and highlights the different interpretations of ‘feminism’ held by activists from distinct social, political, and generational groups.”
– Marian Mollin
Harriet Hyman Alonso. Peace As a Women’s Issue: A History of the Movement for World Peace and Women’s Rights. New York: Syracuse University Press, 1993.
“Will soon become THE basic book in American women’s peace history.”
– Dee Garrison
Ethel Barol Taylor. We Made a Difference: My Personal Journey with Women Strike for Peace. Philadelphia: Camino Book, 1998.
“A passionate, funny and inspiring story.”
– Amy Swerdlow
Using her personal reminiscences, Philadelphia founder and WSP National Coordinator Ethel Taylor reveals the drama and humor, setbacks and triumphs of a grassroots organization that was determined to make a difference. Based on her own experiences, Taylor underscores the courage and commitment exhibited by Women Strike for Peace from its formation through to the end of the Cold War.
Mary Hershberger. Traveling to Vietnam: American Peace Activists and the War. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 1998.
“Valuable account of a form of peace movement activity that is often passed over by more conventional treatments of the subject.”
– Paul Joseph
James W. Clinton. The Loyal Opposition: Americans in North Vietnam, 1965-1972. Niwot: University Press of Colorado, 1995.