Rebecca Hourwich Reyher

The members of the "Flying Caravan" of the People's Mandate Committee were bid goodbye by Sumner Welles at the State Department. In the photograph, left to right: Rebecca Hourwich Reyher, Mrs. Ana Del Pulgar de Burke, Mrs. E.V. Frost, Mrs. Burton W. Musser, and Welles.

Rebecca Hourwich Reyher (1897–1987) was an author, lecturer, and suffragist.[1][2] She was the head of the New York and Boston offices of the National Woman's Party.[2]

In 1917 she married Ferdinand Reyher, and in 1919 they had a daughter called Faith.[3] They divorced in 1934.[3]

She traveled to Africa six times, with the first trip being in 1924, and this inspired two books, Zulu Woman (1948) and The Fon and His Hundred Wives.[2] She also wrote many articles about Africa, and contributed to Speaker for Suffrage and Petitioner for Peace, a memoir by Mabel Vernon. Other contributors to that memoir were Consuelo Reyes-Calderon, Fern S. Ingersoll, and Hazel Hunkins Hallinan.[2][4]

She was a lecturer on the topic of women and Africa at schools, including the New School for Social Research and New York University.[2]

In 1937 she left America as part of the "Flying Caravan" of delegates of the People's Mandate Committee, which went to South America and was meant to urge ratification of the peace treaties adopted at the Buenos Aires Conference of 1936, and to create support for a petition demanding that governments reject war.[5][6]


  1. ^ "Rebecca Hourwich Reyher — Feminist Press". 2016-09-21. Retrieved 2019-01-03.
  2. ^ a b c d e JAN. 13, 1987 (1987-01-13). "REBECCA H. REYHER - The New York Times". Retrieved 2019-01-03.
  3. ^ a b "Reyher, Rebecca Hourwich, 1897-1987 - Social Networks and Archival Context". 1987-01-09. Retrieved 2019-01-03.
  4. ^ "Speaker for Suffrage and Petitioner for Peace". Suffragists Oral History Project. Retrieved July 24, 2017 – via Calisphere, University of California.
  5. ^ Melissa R. Klapper (22 August 2014). Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace: American Jewish Women’s Activism, 1890-1940. NYU Press. pp. 174–. ISBN 978-1-4798-5059-4.
  6. ^ "LC Catalog - Item Information (Full Record)". Retrieved 2019-01-03.

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