Women peacemakers born today
1937 Colette Flesch born Dudelange, Luxembourg. President, Council of Europe, 1980; Luxembourg Foreign Minister, 1980-84; Director-General European Commission, 1990-1999.
1938 Alice Slater born New York, NY. Anti-nuclear activist; attorney. Director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation; president of Global Resource Action Center for the Environment (GRACE); co-founder of Abolition 2000.
1941 Sucheng Chan born Chicago, IL. First Asian-American provost of University of California; founder of first department of Asian-American studies, Santa Barbara.
1963 Aleta Baun born Lelobatan, Molo, Timor, Indonesia. Led 150 women in year-long nonviolent protest against marble mining, 2010. Awarded Goldman Environmental Prize, 2013.
1977 Ingrid Fiskaa born Bryne, Norway. Norwegian politician and peace activist. Socialist Left Deputy in Parliament, 1997-2005, 2009-13. Spokesperson for Peace Initiative Against Iraq War, 2002-03; led protest against troops in Iraq, 2005. Led Peace Initiative, 2005-06. State Secretary for Environment and International Development, 2009; chaired Peace Support Group in Nepal, 2011. Led protests against NATO presence in Afghanistan.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1922 Children's Crusade for Amnesty for political prisoners organized by Kate Richards O'Hare departed St. Louis for Washington DC.
1960 Ella Baker organized a student conference on nonviolence at Shaw University, leading to the creation of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.
2003 Five-year-old daughter of Christine Manes was pulled from her arms as she was arrested at Boeing Protest, St. Charles, MO.
2005 Aid worker Marla Ruzicka killed by suicide bomber, Baghdad.
2005 Tina Richards arrested for sit-in at US House Speaker Pelosi's office.