The Peace Department

Acrylics on linen canvas
Size: 200 cm (w) x 140 cm (h) (79″ x 55″)
Year of production: 2022
Artist: Jitske Schols
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Caresse Crosby, founded ‘Women against war’ during the 1950s. Women against war is the name of two organizations of women opposed to war. The first of these organizations was created in the 1950s in response to the Vietnam War. The second is the currently operating organization working out of Delmar, New York. Part of her work for the Women Against War group was her attempt to establish a Peace Act of 1950. In an attempt to support the bill, she proposed “Peace Bonds” that would be similar to the savings bonds the government put out. Caresse also lobbied for a Department of Peace. Her work was not embraced by those she attempted to appeal to.