The early twentieth-century activist Jane Addams was an important thinker in the early pragmatist school, a philosophy informed by her Chicago settlement house work with newly arrived immigrants. J. Ann Tickner, distinguished scholar and gender theorist, will reflect on Addams’ story in addition to the stories of 1,500 other brave women who traveled to The Hague in 1915 where they drew up principles for a just peace. Although ridiculed as hysterical and naïve by a hostile press, these women’s proposals were strikingly similar to Woodrow Wilson’s Fourteen Points. Tickner’s talk will elaborate on the work and thinking of these forgotten women activists and show how, 100 years later, the international community has finally come to accept their forward-looking ideas.
J. Ann Tickner is Professor Emerita at the University of Southern California, Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the American University, and Professor of Politics and International Relations at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Her areas of research include peace and security, and feminist approaches to international relations. Her publications include: Gender in International Relations: Feminist Perspectives on Achieving International Security (1992); Gendering World Politics: Issues and Approaches in the Post-Cold War World (2001); and A Feminist Voyage Through International Relations (2014). She served as President of the International Studies Association from 2006-2007.