Women peacemakers born today
1759 Mary Wollstonecraft born Spitalfields, London (d. 1797). British feminist pioneer; anarchist. Opposed all war and violence; author of radical Vindication of the Rights of Women, 1792.
1874 Severine born Paris, France (d. 1929). French journalist; radical feminist, pacifist, anarchist, and human rights advocate. Worked for rights of Algerian women. "Queen of the Dreyfusards" against anti-Semitism.
1907 Rachel Carson born Springdale, PA (d. 1964). Ecologist; biologist. Published Silent Spring, 1962.
1908 Lilian Watford born Chicago, IL (d. 2004). Quaker peace activist; lobbyist.
1916 Emilia Castro de Barish born San José, Costa Rica. Costa Rican diplomat and human rights advocate. Led creation of UN Human Rights Commission, 1946; UN University of Peace, 1980; Culture of Peace, 1999. Member of UN Security Council, 1971.
1927 Coretta Scott King born Heiberger, AL (d. 2006). Singer; wife and companion of Martin Luther King, Jr. Founding member of the Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy, 1957. Following the death of her husband, founded the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, Atlanta, 1968.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1915 Jane Addams and 41 American women arrived Rotterdam on SS Noordam for International peace conference, after 3 day delay by British off Dover.
1978 VONS Committee for Defence of the Unjustly Persecuted founded Czechoslovakia by Olga Havlováand other dissidents.
2001 Three Ploughshares women damaged military barge Loch Goil in anti-nuclear protest. Ulla Roder spray painted "useless" on sub at Faslane.
2006 18 Raging Grannies acquitted of blocking military recruiting Times Square.
2010 Beatriz Cariño Trujilo, Mexican human rights activist was murdered, Oaxaca.
2012 Bertha Bejarano led TIPNIS (Territorio Indígena y Parque Nacional Isiboro Secure) protest march from Trinidad, Bolivia to LaPaz.
2015 Over 1,000 women attended WILPF Conference, The Hague.