In 1915, women wishing to set up a national (section) committee of the Women’s International Congress had to agree to the two principles agreed at The Hague Congress.

  1. To demand that International disputes shall in future be settled by some other means than war
  2. To claim that women should have a voice in the affairs of the nations.

These principles were developed into a lengthier statement listing nine means to achieving a constructive peace and three demands for the emancipation of women – parliamentary franchise; admission to national and international councils; and the establishment of their economic independence and legal freedom.