Important Role of former Nazis in Eastern Germany." 

November 21, 1950
Central Files Decimal Number 762B.00

International Women's Movement: The Pan Pacific Southeast Asia Women’s Association of the USA, 1950-1985, The


The Pan Pacific and Southeast Asia Women's Association strengthened international understanding and friendship among the women of Asia and the Pacific and women of the U.S.A. by promoting cooperation among women of these regions for the study and improvement of social, economic, and cultural conditions; engaged in studies on Asian and Pacific affairs; provided hospitality to temporary residents and visitors from Pacific and Asian areas; and presented programs of educational and social interest, dealing with the customs and cultures of Asian and Pacific countries.    

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Date Range: 1950-1985 (a few materials from 1938-1949 and 1986-2006)    
Content: 9,921 pages
Source Library: Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College


The Pan Pacific and Southeast Asia Women's Association (PPSEAWA) was founded in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1930 with the intention to “strengthen the bonds of peace among Pacific peoples by promoting a better understanding and friendship among the women of all Pacific countries.”  The women organizers sought to “promote cooperation…for the study and betterment of existing conditions” throughout the Pacific Rim. The Association initially conducted its work primarily through international meetings where delegates shared information and raised awareness about international women’s issues.

Comprised of brochures, reports, correspondence, event programs, financial materials, conference programs and more, The International Women's Movement supports research and course work in Asian studies, feminist studies, social history, post-colonial studies, and political science.

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