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The Madison Branch was founded in 1922. Early work included a series of radio programs on various issues on WIBA during the 30s. In 1933, Madison and Milwaukee branches, working together, succeeded in making ROTC optional at the University. And in 1938, after years of effort by all the U.S. branches and cooperation with other groups, a prime success was the passage of the anti-lynching law.

In the 50s we worked to combat McCarthyism. The 60s brought the
Vietnam War. During the 70s we worked on women's liberation, gay rights, and fought against oppression in Central America (with the US aiding the oppressive governments).

The struggles continued into the 80s. We saw attacks on civil liberties and human rights because of wars throughout the world. In the 90s we saw a rise in corporate power and attacks on the social safety net programs of the 30s and 60s: Social Security, unemployment compensation, Medicare, welfare, etc.

The turn of the century has brought us more problems due to war with mass dislocation, environmental damage, and economic upheaval. The Madison Raging Grannies, a project of the Madison Branch, first sang to the crowds of Madison anti-war protesters in the fall of 2003.

Specific Projects of WILPF-Madison Past & Present

The Lisa Link Peace Park, named for one of WILPF tireless advocates for peace;

The Draft Resistance Coalition, which supported one of the nation's best known Vietnam War resistors;

The annual Jane Addams children's book award, to promote peace education.

The sewing machine project, which found 24 used machines repaired them at the added equipment and arranged for transportation to the women in the Peace Community of San Jose de Apartadó. (Apartadó itself is a sister city of Dane County.)

The Clothesline Project, which in a manner like the AIDS quilt offer support and relief to women and girls who are victims of sexual assault.