United for Peace and Justice, CodePink, and other anti-war organizers are mobilizing activists for actions across the country this weekend. In Washington, DC, a massive march is being organized on Saturday, January 27 to show the newly elected Congress that there is a strong anti-war presence that wants to see an end to the war in Iraq. Feminist Majority President Eleanor Smeal will join other women, including Congresswomen Lynn Woolsey (D-CA) and Maxine Waters (D-CA), Jane Fonda, National Organization for Women President Kim Gandy, CodePink founder Medea Benjamin, and Eve Ensler, to speak out for peace.
In an article in the Winter 2007 issue of Ms. magazine, feminist scholar Patricia McFadden writes about a recent conference on feminism and war and reflects on the historical reactions of the women’s movements to militarism. Indeed, women throughout history have played an active role in the peace movement, and in a November 2006 survey, Ms. found that women voters were much more likely to highly prioritize the Iraq war; on a scale of 1-10, where 10 was “very important,” 54 percent of women and only 43 percent of men assigned the “Iraq war” a 10.