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A Band of Noble Women
Racial Politics in the Women’s Peace Movement

Melinda Plastas

Cloth $39.95s    |    978-0-8156-3257-3    |    2011

"A Band of Noble Women highlights the way in which black women, in particular, sought to use their middle-class status as the mechanism for ingratiating themselves within the white leadership of WILPF. While not very successful, their efforts paved the way in later years, particularly during the early Cold War, when black women such as Bertha McNeill pleaded for world peace in the name of social justice. The peace and freedom struggles of the 1940s through the 1960s owe a debt of gratitude to the black and white "noble women" depicted in this story. This book is a serious scholarly contribution to the field of peace and women’s history, and the author is to be commended for her efforts."—Journal of Cold War Studies

"Plastas’s meticulous research opens our eyes to the ways that black and white women came together and worked collectively on behalf of progressive change, both at home and abroad. A Band of Noble Women not only transforms our understanding of the history of the peace movement and interracial activism, but also inspires us to believe in future possibilities." —Leila J. Rupp, author of Worlds of Women: The Making of an International Women’s Movement

  A Band of Noble Women

    Melinda Plastas is visiting assistant professor in the Women and Gender Studies Program and the Department of Politics at Bates College in Maine. Her research interests include the politics of race and gender in U.S. women’s social movements.


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