In the early 1960s several women were leaders in the call for a ban on nuclear weapons.
In 1961, for example, a group called Women Strike for Peace staged a one-day walkout by 50,000 women. “End the arms race—not the human race” was their motto.
Later, in the mid-1960s, thousands of women joined men in demonstrations against the Vietnam War.
Folksinger Joan Baez, whose songs strongly opposed the Vietnam War, made headlines when she was arrested in 1967 for protesting the draft.