Women of Valor


Post WWI

Lillian Wald, 1867 - 1940

After the war, Wald took her health, child welfare, peace and gender equality crusades to national and international audiences. In 1919, she represented the Federal Children's Bureau at a Red Cross conference in Cannes, France where "health and child welfare for almost the entire world were discussed." She also attended the second International Conference on Women for Peace in Zurich, where members of the Women's Peace Party voted for the League of Nations and endorsed gender equality and woman suffrage. The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, in which Wald played a leadership role for many years, was founded at the Zurich conference. While Henry Street's success remained Wald's top priority, throughout the 1920's, she continued to travel and speak at political events. Wald lobbied for Prohibition and supported "people's" candidates like Al Smith, the Democratic candidate for president in 1928. She maintained her special interest in disarmament and pacifism and viewed the rise of fascism in the 1920's and 30's with great sadness and fear.

  1. "health and child..." Lillian Wald, Windows on Henry Street. (New York: Little Brown and Company, 1934) 8.

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