Commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Emily Greene Balch receiving the Nobel Peace Prize held at Wellesley College on November 22, 1995. Wellesley College faculty and students, members of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), and others present readings by and about Emily Greene Balch. They speak of her education at Bryn Mawr College and her travels through Europe in 1904 and 1905 when she studied the lives of immigrants, and which led to her founding the National Women's Trade Union League . She began teaching Economics at Wellesley College. As World War I broke out in Europe, Balch traveled to promote peace. She soon considered herself a Socialist. Because of her views and her public works, in 1918 Wellesley declined to renew her contract. She was the first International Secretary Treasurer of WILPF and spent time at their Geneva headquarters. Her work with WILPF included working with the newly formed League of Nations and meetings with Woodrow Wilson. Throughout her life she wrote books such as "Our Slavic Fellow Citizens," Women at the Hague," and "Occupied Haiti," among others. In 1946 she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Her niece speaks about accompanying the 80 year old Balch to the ceremonies and meeting the King of Norway. Balch's legacy lives on at Wellesley in the form of two E. G. Balch internships in the Peace and Justice program.
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This recording was digitized and made accessible as part of the “Digitizing the Sound and Sight of American Women’s Work for Peace and Justice” grant funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, 2019 (grant number PW-264110-19).