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Emily and a band of women in the early World War I attemptedto do what had never been done before by any women acting together aswomen to enter into international political activity bringing to birth a new spirit a new approach generating a new reconstructive force in the worldEmily and the other women were the first in 1914and 1915 to get involved Emily Greene Balch was born After Civil War on Jan 8 1867in JamaicaPlains Then she was raised in a small community in the neighbor-hood of Bostan Emily a member of the first graduating class at Byrn MawrPennsylvania College she taught at Wellesely Massachusetts College from 1897 She founded a settlement house in Bostan and served on theMassachusetts commissions on industrial relations1908-09 and immigration1913-14 and in Bostan city planning board1914-17 To prepare ourSlavic Fellow Citizens 1910 she lived in Slavic-American neighborhoodsin various cities and travelled to eastern Europe for firsthand knowledge ofBefore Emily in her time her father Francis Vergines Balch was a Bostan lawyer of distinction and he was a son of a wealthy marine insurancemerchant Emily got a little of her talent from her father who was aproper Bostonian He served as secratory to Senator Charles SumneEmilys mother Ellen Maria Noyes was a warm loving center of thelarge family There were five sisters and one brother The remeberedexperience of childhood and near infany may not have for one the mysticbeauty that it had for Wordsworthy or Traherne but very usually it hasa tender and unique charm It was very hard for Emily growing up witha war going on because it was so dangerous Emily had many siblingssurrounded around her even though her family was large their family wasvery open with things They had a great relationship and were always willing to talk Thats how life came so easy to Emily in her future Emilys contribution to
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