Meta Berger


Meta Berger (née Schlichting) born Milwaukee, WI February 23, 1873 (d. 1944). Democratic Socialist reformer; postwar national leader in WILPF. Opposed World War I; member of Milwaukee Emergency Peace Committee, opposing recruiting, 1917. Delegate to disarmament conference, Geneva, 1932.


"I had never taken the absolutist pledge that I would never support a war. As a Socialist I had learned. . . that there may have to be a final conflict between those who work and those who exploit. . . [when] Hitler began his reign of terror. . . I was now determined to fight to abolish all the things that were in the way of peace in the world." (A Milwaukee Woman’s Life on the Left, 2001, pp. 159-60)