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Mona Lesley Siegel
California State University, Sacramento Foundation (Sacramento, CA 95819-2605)

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$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2018 – 12/31/2018

More Than Half of Humanity: The Women Who Shaped the Peace of 1919

Preparation of a book about women’s global political activism and the Paris Peace Conference, a convening of World War I's allied victors who sought to establish the terms of peace in 1919.

More Than Half of Humanity will offer the first comprehensive account of women’s global political activism in the watershed year of 1919, when world leaders convened in Paris to deliver justice to a war-torn world. Largely excluded from the negotiating table by virtue of their sex, women nonetheless insisted that neither peace nor democracy could be secured if men persisted in excluding “more than half of humanity” from the halls of political power. From Paris to Zürich, and from Cairo to Shanghai to Washington, D.C., women organized conferences, stepped to the rostrum, and took to the streets, demanding a new political order that was democratic in fact as well as in name. Women’s achievements and disappointments in 1919 helped shape the political order that has existed in diverse corners of the globe ever since: one that largely celebrates women’s citizenship in theory even as it limits women’s participation in practice, particularly in matters of foreign affairs.