April 3

Women peacemakers born today

  • 1894 Dora Russell born Thornton Heath, Surrey (d. 1986). Co-founder of Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND); led Women's Peace Caravan to Moscow 1958; opposed conscription in World War I.

  • 1903 Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay born Mangalore, Karnataka, India (d. 1988). Gandhian freedom fighter and leader of arts and crafts revival; arrested for Salt march.

  • 1903 Maniben Patel born Karamsad, Gujarat, India (d. 1990). Nonviolent freedom fighter, member of Gandhi's ashram. Postwar member of parliament.

  • 1934 Jane Goodall born London, England. Primatologist and animal rights activist; Gandhi-King Award for nonviolence 2001; UN Messenger for Peace 2002; International Peace Award 1999.

Women's peacemaking on this day

  • 1886 Lucy Parsons' article against lynching published in The Alarm.

  • 1990 Susan B. Rodriguez arrested for using sledge on computers for nuclear research at San Leandro.

  • 2000 FAS (Femmes Africa Solidarite) convened a workshop entitled “Linking HIV/AIDS to Women's Peace Advocacy,” Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

  • 2004 Opening of Women Say No to NATO: No-to-NATO, No-to-War conference, Strassberg, through 5th.

  • 2011 In Toronto, SlutWalk held its first march in response to a policeman's statement that, "women should avoid dressing like sluts."