First EditionInternational Woman Suffrage Alliance (IWSA) was organized to promote women's human rights around the world, focusing particularly on empowerment of women and originally pursuing political and legal equality through women's suffrage. The basic principle of the IWSA was that the full and equal enjoyment of human rights is due to all women and girls. It is one of the oldest, largest and most influential organizations in its field and continues operating today. The organization was founded in 1904 in Berlin by Carrie Chapman Catt, Millicent Fawcett and other leading feminists to campaign for women's suffrage, and this surviving Report documents key discussions and decisions from the earliest IWSA conferences of 1904 and 1906.
Within the Report's pages is a description of the group's founding ideals, and in particular its aims as the first international organization to seek global woman suffrage. The 1904 meeting declared its purpose to be "to secure the enfranchisement of the women of all nations and to unite the friends of woman suffrage throughout the world in organized cooperation and fraternal helpfulness." The Report contains minutes for both conferences, a memorial for Susan B. Anthony who passed away in 1906, reports by the participating nations and their officers, and a speech by Carrie Chapman Catt. Speaking to the IWSA attendees with conviction and optimism, the report quotes Catt: "We can certainly find much cause for encouragement in the events of the past two years [since the founding of the IWSA] and may well feel that our Alliance came into existence at the exact moment to be of use to our cause...The enfranchisement of women upon the same terms as men is as certain to come as the sun is sure to rise tomorrow. The time must depend on political conditions, and the energy and intelligence with which the movement isconducted. The future belongs to us." OCLC lists only 3 copies worldwide and no copies in any institutions in the United states.