East met West yesterday and found little philosophical difference between them as eight women representatives of a Soviet Union peace group mingled in Washington with U.S. peace activists.
The women assembled at the American Friends meeting house on Decatur Street NW. They expressed disappointment that a SALT nuclear arms treaty hasn't been achieved, discussed the prominent role women play in Soviet politics and said that Soviet children are being educated in the necessity for world peace.
The eight women have been in the U.S. since Nov. 15 as guests of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, a Philadelphia-based organization. They were hosted last night by Women Strike for Peace.
The trip here was the last on the tour for the Soviet women, who have attended a conference at Bryn Mawr College and spoke in several cities along the East Coast.
Maria Paleshuk, a silk weaver and deputy in the Supreme Soviet (the equivalent of Congress), said that contrary to popular opinion in the U.S., defense is not the main priority of the Soviet government. Rather, she said, it is to raise the standard of living and provide adequate health care and quality education.