International Council of Women Pageant

Other names

  • ‘The Mother of the League of Nations’

Pageant type

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Place: Whearncliffe Rooms, Great Central Hotel (Marylebone) (Marylebone, Middlesex, England)

Year: 1929

Indoors/outdoors: Indoors

Number of performances: 2


6–7 May 1929, at 8pm

Name of pageant master and other named staff

  • Pageant Master: Henry, William
  • Stage Director: Miss Pamela Churton Collins
  • Property Masters: Mr D. Nye and Mr Eric Frye

Names of executive committee or equivalent


Names of script-writer(s) and other credited author(s)

Names of composers


Numbers of performers

35 - 45

Financial information


Object of any funds raised


Linked occasion


Audience information

  • Grandstand: No
  • Grandstand capacity: n/a
  • Total audience: n/a

Prices of admission and seats: highest–lowest

10s 6d.

Associated events

Part of the International Council of Women’s annual meeting in London. Other events included a reception, lectures, exhibition, dances and a buffet supper included in the ticket price

Pageant outline

Episode 1. International Council of Women’s Conference 1888

Episode 2. International Council of Women’s Conference, 1899.

Episode 3. Press

Episode 4. Finance

Episode 5. Peace and Arbitration

Episode 6. Laws and Legal Position of Women and Equal Moral Standard

Episode 7. Suffrage

Episode 8. Public Health

Episode 9. Child Welfare

Episode 10. Education

Episode 11. Trades.

Episode 12. Arts

Key historical figures mentioned

  • Austen, Jane (1775–1817) novelist
  • Butler [née Grey], Josephine Elizabeth (1828–1906) social reformer and women's activist

Musical production


Newspaper coverage of pageant


Book of words


Other primary published materials

  • International Council of Women Pageant, May 1929: Programme. London, 1929.

References in secondary literature


Archival holdings connected to pageant

  • Copy of Programme in London School of Economics Women’s Library Archives, 5ICW/C/02/04

Sources used in preparation of pageant



Founded in Washington in 1888, the International Council of Women (ICW) was one of the first international women’s organisations, campaigning on women’s rights and leading the battle against gender based social injustice. During the interwar period the ICW worked extensively with the League of Nations and subsequently the United Nations.1


1. ^ ‘History’, International Council of Women, accessed 26 March 2017,

How to cite this entry

Angela Bartie, Linda Fleming, Mark Freeman, Tom Hulme, Alex Hutton, Paul Readman, ‘International Council of Women Pageant’, The Redress of the Past,