April 21

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.