Berkeley Women Protest War, 1966

“The government often saw…women as the most dangerous members of the opposition movement”

February, 1966, Berkeley Women Protest March to Draft Center

February, 1966, Berkeley Women Protest March to Draft Center

On February 23, 1966, Berkeley women protest war with a march to the Oakland Induction Center to demand an end to the Vietnam war, and to bring the men home now.

“Mothers and older generations of women joined the opposition movement, as advocates for peace and people opposed to the effects of the war and the draft on the generation of young men. These women saw the draft as one of the most disliked parts of the war machine and sought to undermine the war itself through undermining the draft. Another Mother for Peace andWSP often held free draft counseling centers to give young men legal and illegal methods to oppose the draft.[50] Members of Women For Peace showed up at the White House every Sunday for 8 years from 11 to 1 for a peace vigil.[53] Such female antiwar groups often relied on maternalism, the image of women as peaceful caretakers of the world, to express and accomplish their goals. The government often saw middle-aged women involved in such organizations as the most dangerous members of the opposition movement because they were ordinary citizens who quickly and efficiently mobilized.”  From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opposition_to_the_U.S._involvement_in_the_Vietnam_War#Women_opposing_the_Vietnam_War

It was a small march with a large impact on those who witnessed it along the way and at the Induction Center.  Harvey Richards was there to photograph the historic march.  Buy or license these photos.

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