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Volume Listing > Volume 93 > Women for a peaceful Christmas : Wisconsin homemakers seek to remake American culture

Unger, Nancy C. "Women for a peaceful Christmas : Wisconsin homemakers seek to remake American culture"


Women for a Peaceful Christmas: Wisconsin Homemakers Seek to Remake American Culture: Author Nancy C. Unger discusses the brief lifespan of the Madison-based grassroots activist group Women for a Peaceful Christmas (1971-1975). The group, which had its roots in feminism, environmental activism, and the anti-war movement, encouraged Americans to revolt against the consumerism that thrived on war and the destruction of natural resources. Armed with the slogan “No More Shopping Days ‘Til Peace,” Women for a Peaceful Christmas petitioned for a simplified holiday season. They urged Americans to use homemade Christmas cards and gifts, creating lists of alternative, heart-felt presents. During the last years of the Vietnam War, the group shifted its focus to the environment and ways to combat the use of wasteful materials and inefficient appliances. Women for a Peaceful Christmas disbanded at the close of the Vietnam War, but its founding members stayed active in the promotion of peace and environmental protection. (12 pages)

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Citation: Unger, Nancy C. "Women for a peaceful Christmas : Wisconsin homemakers seek to remake American culture" Wisconsin Magazine Of History. Volume: 93 /Issue: 2 (2009-2010)

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