Women peacemakers born today
1926 Johnnie Tillmon born Scott, AR (d. 1995). Organizer and welfare rights advocate. Co-founded first welfare rights group ANC Mothers Anonymous of Watts, 1963; founded National Welfare Rights Association (NWRA), 1967.
1928 Berit Ås (née Skarpaas) born Fredrikstad, Norway. Norwegian feminist politician; peace activist; started Women Strike for Peace Norway 1961; social psychology professor; parliament member 1973-7, founding Socialist Left party 1975; co-founded campaign "Women for Peace” 1980, a petition demanding end to nuclear arms race and using war industry to produce food for world's poor, got 500,000 signatures worldwide.
1930 Dolores Huerta born Dawson, NM. Woman leader and co-founder of nonviolent United Farm Workers, 1962. Organized successful national grape boycott. Inducted into National Women's Hall of Fame, 1993.
1936 Ardeth Platte born Westphalia, MI. Nonviolent Dominican nun who led "loving" nonviolent protests against war, militarism and nuclear weapons, leading to closing Wurtsmith AFB and Roberts AFB.
1958 Mona Juul born Steinkjer, Norway. Norwegian diplomat mediated successful Oslo Peace Accords on Middle East 1993; State Secretary Foreign Affairs 2000-1; Ambassador to Israel 2001-4; UN 2005-10, UK 2014.
1979 Rachel Corrie born Olympia, WA (d. 2003). Jewish-American activist with nonviolent International Solidarity Movement; killed in Gaza by Israeli bulldozer, 2003.
1984 Mandy Moore born Nashua, NH. Singer/songwriter; actress. UN Goodwill Ambassador against malaria; led campaign to get mosquito nets in Africa.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1955 Death of pacifist leader Jessie W. Hughan.
1971 The Jeannette Rankin Brigade of 8,000 women, led by 90-year-old Jeannette Rankin, marched on the Pentagon for nuclear disarmament.
1990 Molly Rush and Anne Montgomery of Ploughshares Eight exonerated by court for King of Prussia protest.
1995 Carol Bellamy, head of US Peace Corps appointed first woman head of UNICEF.
1998 Mo Mowlam signed Good Friday Peace Agreement, ending the Ulster civil war.
2008 Ukrainian "sextremist" protest group FEMEN founded in Kiev.