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Author: Mona L. Siegel Narrator: Janet Metzger Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2020 ISBN: 9781094132419
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In the watershed year of 1919, world leaders met in Paris, promising to build a new international order rooted in democracy and social justice. Female activists demanded that statesmen live up to their word. Excluded from the negotiating table, women met separately, crafted their own agendas, and captured global headlines with a message that was both straightforward and revolutionary: enduring peace depended as much on recognition of the fundamental humanity and equality of all people—regardless of sex, race, class, or creed—as on respect for the sovereignty of independent states.

Peace on Our Terms follows dozens of remarkable women from Europe, the Middle East, North America, and Asia as they crossed oceans and continents; commanded meeting halls in Paris, Zurich, and Washington; and marched in the streets of Cairo and Beijing. Mona L. Siegel’s sweeping global account of international organizing highlights how Egyptian and Chinese nationalists, Western and Japanese labor feminists, white Western suffragists, and African American civil rights advocates worked in tandem to advance women’s rights. Despite significant resistance, these pathbreaking women left their mark on emerging democratic constitutions and new institutions of global governance. Drawing on a wide range of sources, Peace on Our Terms is the first book to demonstrate the centrality of women’s activism to the Paris Peace Conference and the critical diplomatic events of 1919. Siegel tells the timely story of how female activists transformed women’s rights into a global rallying cry, laying a foundation for generations to come.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A riveting study…This sparkling, character-driven history will captive readers interested in the suffrage movement and feminist history.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The first book that takes a comprehensive look at women’s activism during the critical diplomatic events following the end of World War I…A host of pioneering feminists from different backgrounds…brought issues of national sovereignty, disarmament, racial justice, wage equality, marital rights, sex trafficking, and maternity benefits to the forefront of international attention.”

    Library Journal

  • “Deeply researched and elegantly written.”

    Erez Manela, author of The Wilsonian Moment

  • “A stunning retelling of the Great War’s aftermath and how women rose up at the war’s end to demand a different and better world…This is history and drama at its finest.”

    Dorothy Sue Cobble, coauthor of Feminism Unfinished

  • “Few scholars have this capacity for such beautiful writing. The book is truly engaging, and readers will come to ‘know’ the key figures in really personal ways.”

    Louise Edwards, author of Women Warriors and Wartime Spies of China

  • “An outstanding contribution to our understanding of the post–World War I period. A beautifully written, inspiring page-turner!”

    Karen Offen, author of European Feminisms, 1700-1950

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About the Author

Mona L. Siegel is professor of history at California State University, Sacramento. She is the author of Peace on Our Terms and The Moral Disarmament of France.

About the Narrator

Janet Metzger, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, has performed as a stage, television, voice, and film actor and as a jazz vocalist in hotels and supper clubs. For five years she was the voice of Headline News, now HLN, during which time she also promoted features and news stories for CNN and CNN International. She is a graduate of Florida State University.