Women peacemakers born today
1830 Clémence Auguste Royer born Nantes, France (d. 1902). French philosopher and scientific genius; feminist; pacifist. Active in International League of Peace & Freedom, 1867. Wrote against conscription and standing armies in feminist journal La Fronde.
1830 Mary Ann Woodbridge (née Brayton) born Nantucket, MA (d. 1894). Quaker mother; American temperance leader. WCTU Peace Lecturer promoting arbitration; spent 17 years as WCTU Secretary. Delegate to Peace & Arbitration Conference Rome, 1891.
1859 Belle Case La Follette born Summit, WI (d. 1931). Progressive lawyer; suffragist and journalist. WILPF founding member. Co-founded Women's Peace Party, 1917; Women's Committee for World Disarmament, 1921; National Council for Prevention of War, 1921.
1891 Georgia Harkness born Harkness, NY (d. 1978). Ecumenical pacifist theologian and professor.
1929 Carol Urner. Quaker international aid worker; WILPF leader and representative at UN disarmament meetings. Taught nonviolence in Philippines.
1939 Helen Prejean born Baton Rouge, LA. Catholic nun. Signed call for removal of President Bush for Iraq War and torture. Received Pacem in Terris award, 1993.
1972 Narges Mohammadi born Zanjan, Iran. Iranian physicist; human rights advocate. Chairwoman of the National Peace Council. Arrested 5 times; sentenced to 11-year prison term for advocacy efforts, charged with “acting against the national security.” Received Alexander Langer Award, 2009.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1922 Pan American Association of Women founded, Baltimore; charter members included Berta Lutz.
1928 Senator Lynn Frazier of North Dakota made his maiden speech opposing war in support of Women's Peace Union legislation to abolish war.
2012 The Global Network of Women Peacebuilders held discussion on militarism, violence & conflict, Istanbul.
2015 WILPF Peace Train arrived at The Hague from Istanbul to celebrate 100th anniversary.