Women peacemakers born today
1867 Emma Sproson born West Bromwich, Staffordshire, England (d. 1936). British suffragist, twice imprisoned for suffrage protests, 1907. Leader of nonviolent Women's Freedom League.
1869 Vida Goldstein born Portland, Victoria, Australia (d. 1949). Australian feminist and opponent of draft. First woman in English-speaking world to run for office, 1903; founding president of Women's Peace Army, opposing World War I and draft, 1915. WILPF founding member.
1914 Charlotte “Chet” E. Keyes (née Schachmann) (d. 1980). Peace activist & antiwar poet.
1947 Zaibun Siraj born Singapore. Human rights activist. Co-founded feminist Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE), 1985.
1948 Sue Doughty born York, England. British Quaker; pacifist. Liberal Democratic member of Parliament, 2001-05.
1954 Virginia Gamba born San Martín, Argentina. Argentine professor, expert in disarmament; UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict 2017; UN Assistant Secretary for Chemical Weapons in Syria 2016; Director UN Disarmament 2012-4; Expert consultant on African Small Arms 2007-9; Director UN Inst. of Disarmament Research 1992-96.
1955 Irina Khakamada born Moscow. Economics professor; Russian liberal politician. Member of Duma, 1993-2003; Vice-Speaker of Duma, 2000-03. Received 4 million votes for president, 2004.
1957 Amy Goodman born Bayshore, NY. Investigative journalist. Founded Democracy Now! The War & Peace Report, 1996. Arrested for antiwar protest at White House, 2003.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1915 47 American peace women departed New York on the S.S. Noordam to attend the Women's Peace Congress at The Hague.
1918 Mrs. Harley Stafford of Montrose, MI, tarred and feathered for “disloyal remarks” during World War I.
1918 Socialist doctor Eva Harding of Topeka, KS, acquitted of conspiracy to violate Draft Act.
1921 In Cleveland, Carrie Chapman Catt delivered a fiery antiwar speech to League of Women Voters after President Harding rejected League of Nations. “No, you shall no longer kill your fellow man.”
1930 Indian Women's Pickets against liquor began at Dandi.
1933 Ruth Bryan Owen appointed first woman to head diplomatic mission, Denmark.
1962 Rachel Carson's Silent Spring published.
1977 First Protest of Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo Buenos Aires; 14 women led by Azucena de Vincenti.
1993 Six women of Global Peace Movers arrested Santa Rosa for establishing an IRS medical clinic.
2011 14 Female Members of US Congress joined WomenThrive fast against cutting food aid.
2011 Hundreds of Syrian Women of Bayda marched on coastal highway protesting. "We want the men of Bayda!"
2012 Cindy Sheehan refused tax $105,000 to "stop being accessories to our government's war crimes and crimes against humanity."
2015 Ten members of WILPF Oceania boarded a peace train at Istanbul bound for the WILPF centenary conference at The Hague.