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The hidden face of war

Women Against War members held pieces from the traveling art exhibit "Windows and Mirrors" on the steps of the Legislative Office Building in Albany on Wednesday, Oct. 12.

Women Against War members held pieces from the traveling art exhibit "Windows and Mirrors" on the steps of the Legislative Office Building in Albany on Wednesday, Oct. 12. Submitted Photo

— In the early years of the war, Aumand was intent on learning everything she could about what the war meant and why it occurred. Her research brought her to a frank conclusion: the war was a mistake.

“I became consumed with how do we prevent this from happening,” said Aumand.

For years, she grappled with that issue silently until she read a letter to the editor from a member of WAW.

“It was the most wonderful realization that there were people in this area working [on this],” said Aumand. “This is a beautifully emerging network of women who were all feeling the same passionate desire to change the dynamic.”

On Wednesday, Oct. 12, Aumand and other WAW members gathered on the steps of the Legislative Office Building to stand up against the war’s 10th anniversary. She said that moment of solidarity was the essence of WAW.

“They felt incredibly empowered that they could look at each other and realize in the other person’s heart is the same angst and determination to stand,” said Aumand.

“Windows and Mirrors” will be at Albany International Gallery at Proctor’s Theatre in Schenectady until Wednesday, Oct. 19. It will be in Opalka Gallery at Sage College in Albany on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 22 and 23, and at Schacht Fine Arts Center at Sage College in Troy from Monday, Oct. 24 to Friday, Oct. 28. From Saturday, Oct. 29 until Nov. 11 it will be at Hubbard Interfaith Sanctuary at the College of Saint Rose in Albany and from Monday, Oct. 31 to Nov. 10 it will be at the Social Sciences Building Lounge at Union College in Schenectady. For more information about WAW visit www.womenagainstwar.org.

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