Women from around the Pacific gathered in August of 1928 for the first Pan Pacific Women’s Conference. National Chapters were quickly established, including one in the United States. PPSEAWA USA is honored that five of its members have been International Presidents, including Jane Addams of Hull House in Chicago, chairperson of the first Conference in 1928, Josephine Schain (1949-1955), National Director of the Girl Scouts of America, Grace Stuart Nutley (1975-78), Dr. Elizabeth-Louise Girardi (1994-2000), a noted malacologist with The Field Museum in Chicago, and currently, Teresa Hintzke (2010-2016).
PPSEAWA International has a long association with both the League of Nations and the United Nations. As a result, many United Nations Representatives are members of PPSEAWA USA. Our UN Reps have been an active in the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) since its inception in 1946, a body instrumental in championing women’s rights. After PPSEAWA was recognized for its work as a non-governmental organization (NGO) in 1949 by the United Nations, and given consultative status in Category II in the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), our national chapter grew rapidly. PPSEAWA also is accredited to the UN through ESCAP, UNICEF, and UNESCO.
Although the Association convened many times in Honolulu (1928, 1934, and 1949), the first international conference on the mainland occurred in 1981. The 15th PPSEAWA International Conference was held from June 7-17, 1981, in New York; the actual business meeting was held at the Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, then the Conference moved to New York City where delegates were accommodated in the Fashion District but close to the United Nations, attending meetings that were in session. The theme was: “Education and Training Women.” PPSEAWA USA hosted international members for a Midterm Council Meeting in Chicago from September 1-4, 2014. In conjunction with this meeting, PPSEAWA held a Seminar on the "Human Trafficking of Women and Girls - Global Strategies for Improving Awareness and Advocacy” with the Center for the Human Rights of Children at Loyola University in Chicago on September 3, 2014, for over 150 participants.
Today, local chapters of PPSEAWA USA can be found in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and Toledo. Members-at-large in other cities are accepted. Note that residents of Hawaii should visit the Hawaii Association page. Please contact the president for membership information.
- Suggestions for Reaching Out to Young Women 16 November, 2010
- UN Women in Transition. What Does This Mean for PPSEAWA? 16 November, 2010
- 24th PPSEAWA International Conference, Session 2: "Our Young Women, Our Future" 16 November, 2010
- PPSEAWA-USA Committed To Gender Equality 16 November, 2010