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International Groups

Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
Mary Hanson Harrison
Jan Corderman

Central Mission of the Organization:

To empower women to work effectively for peace and justice in 100 communities and 37 countries around the world.

History of the Organization:

Formed in 1915 to unite women in opposition to World War I and to oppression and exploitation. WILPF stands for equality, peace and disarmament and changing government priorities to meet human needs. The Des Moines branch has been active since the 1960s.

International Issues and Focus:

Focus of local chapter currently on "Challenging Corporate Power," promoting the Voter Owned Iowa Clean Elections Bill (VOICE) for publicly funded elections to stop big money interests from threatening participatory democracy, and educating the public about the global, national and local impact of Water Quality issues as they affect the environment and the political landscape.


University News
October 24, 2016
Awards season just got more exciting for students in Drake’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Two of Drake’s student publications earned top national honors, while students and faculty in the public relations program earned regional in-state awards.