Rachel Crowdy-Thornhill


Rachel Crowdy-Thornhill born Paddington, London, England March 3, 1884 (d. 1964). Internationalist; poet. Highest ranking woman in League of Nations Secretariat, 1919-1932; headed section on Social Questions and Opium Traffic. Played instrumental role in 1921 treaty against White Slave Traffic, and 1925 treaty on illicit drugs.


“You may be able to disarm the world. . . but unless you introduce better economic conditions, better social conditions and better health conditions in the world, you will not be able to maintain peace even if you attain it.” (April 12, 1927; 1930 photo, National Portrait Gallery)