Who knew that on 8 Jan 2015…

Emily Greene Balch Born

On This Day...

      …in 1867, Emily Balch was born in Jamaica Plain. Her parents’ affluence and enlightened views allowed her to attend college at a time when few women did.

She entered Bryn Mawr in 1886 and graduated with honors three years later. After studying abroad and helping start a settlement house in Boston, she decided on an academic career.

She taught at Wellesley for 22 years until her growing political activism and her opposition to U.S. entry into World War I cost her her job. For the rest of her long life, she devoted her talent and energy to organizing women on behalf of world peace. In 1946 her accomplishments were recognized when she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace.

Emily Greene Balch grew up in a prosperous and well-established New England family in the years after the Civil War; she was strongly influenced by her parents’ liberal Unitarian values. When she was 10, a new minister came to her church. “He asked us,” she later recalled, “to enlist in the service of goodness whatever its cost.” Emily Balch accepted this pledge and her “desire to live up to it” determined her life’s work. For her commitment to promoting cooperation among individuals and peoples, she was awarded the 1946 Nobel Peace Prize. Her friend Jane Addams was the first American woman to receive the prize. She was the second.

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About emanita01

I am a Franco-american woman who hails from Massachusetts. I live in France near the Swiss border, only minutes away from Geneva. I am a member of the Geneva Writers Group and the Association La Forge, a literary group based in France. I write stories, poems and am currently working on a couple of plays, a one-woman show and actively learning how to perform stand-up comedy.
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5 Responses to Who knew that on 8 Jan 2015…

  1. Jo Bryant says:

    Some women are sooooo impressive

  2. Greetings:

    how are you today?

    Thursday Poets Rally Week 80, You Are Invited, Free of Theme….Hope to see you in…


    Happy February, Have A Productive Monday!

    Keep Writing poetry, share with poets rally …

    We’re bless to have you with US , your talent and inspirations are JOY to have
    and appear INVALUABLE to US!

    take good care,
    Thanks for the smiles!

    • emanita01 says:

      Hi & thank you 😀
      Sorry to reply so late, the world has been keeping me from posting to my blogs though I am still writing 😦
      I really appreciate your kind words & invitations
      Look forward to re-posting as soon as I can.
      Love, light & laughter, Em

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