On War

For the past twenty-five years, Negro college women have had almost nothing to say on international matters probably because they seem so remote from them.  However, when we consider that in the interest of Negro Americans as well as the interest of other Americans is involved every international problem facing our country today, those of us who hold college degrees should be deeply concerned with this phase of American life.  Probably the greatest problem before the world is that of war.For the past ten years, eleven of the largest and most influential women’s organizations have met in Washington annually to consider the “Cause and Cure of War.” These women realize that the education of public opinion on this subject is the first step in the direction of getting a solution for the problem.  Year after year they have presented facts on the enormous cost of war on human life and goods — facts that should appeal to and appall every intelligent man and woman in America.

What are college women of our race doing to acquaint our people with the fact that war is the most wasteful, futile and inhuman method of settling international disputes that man has ever tried?  What are we doing to connect ourselves with these general movements and organizations that have as their purpose the turning of the waste of war into the constructive uses of mankind?

Ample money could be saved, if war were abolished, to endow enough institutions of learning to meet the needs of every child in the United States. Are we as college women acquainted with the Women’s International League for Peace; the National Council for the Prevention of War; the International Federation of University Women and similar organizations?  Should we not work actively in these organizations as hundreds of college women are doing?

As informed citizens we cannot shirk our responsibility in this field.