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The world in the past has been ruled by force, and man has dominated over women by reason of his more forceful and aggressive qualities both of body and mind. But the balance is already shifting—force is losing its weight and mental alertness, intuition, and the spiritual qualities of love and service, in which woman is strong, are gaining ascendancy. Hence the new age will be an age, less masculine, and more permeated with the feminine ideals—or, to speak more exactly, will be an age in which the masculine and feminine elements of civilization will be more evenly balanced. - Abdu'l-Baha, quoted by J.E. Esselmont in Baha'u'llah and the New Era, p. 156. War and its ravages have blighted the world; the education of woman will be a mighty step toward its abolition and ending, for she will use her whole influence against war … In truth, she will be the greatest factor in establishing universal peace and international arbitration. Assuredly, woman will abolish warfare among mankind. - Abdu'l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 108. Strive that the ideal of international peace may become realized through the efforts of womankind, for man is more inclined to war than woman, and a real evidence of woman's superiority will be her service and efficiency in the establishment of universal peace. – Ibid., p. 284.In reading such words, Sarah yearned for the new era of peace and equality they promised. Yet there she stood on that day in 1905, begging Admiral Mead for admittance into the peace conference building—unsuccessfully. She did not live to see all of the progress she hoped to experience. Ahead of her time and heroic by the standards of any age, Sarah Farmer serves as an inspiration to everyone—but particularly to women who address the need for and importance of peace. Surely a sustainable peace will come, when women truly have a place at the peace table.