Women peacemakers born today
1802 Dorothea Dix born Hampden, ME (d. 1887). American prison reformer, teacher and humanitarian; advocated care of the insane; superintendent of Union nurses in Civil War.
1872 Mary Ware Dennett born Worcester, MA (d. 1947). Art teacher; suffragist; socialist antiwar crusader. Secretary of American Union against Militarism, 1916; co-founder of radical anti-World War I People's Council, 1917; first chairperson of World Federalists, 1941-44. Convicted of obscenity for birth control literature, 1929.
1909 Verne Weed born Columbus, IN (d. 1986). Radical social worker; Hunter College professor; anti-Apartheid protester; headed Connecticut Children's Services. Opposed Vietnam War; harassed as Communist. Along with Thomas Mann, Picasso, and Chagall, signed Stockholm Peace Appeal for absolute ban on nuclear weapons, 1950.
1928 Maya Angelou born St. Louis, MO. Poet; civil rights leader.
1929 Rosalie Bertell born Buffalo, NY. Anti-nuclear scientist; mathematician; nun. Awarded Right Livelihood Award, 1986; Sean MacBride Peace Prize, 2001.
1944 Magda Aelvoet born Steenokkerzeel, Flemish Brabant, Belgium. Belgian politician. Helped draft St. Michael's Accords, Belgian state reforms which made Belgium a fully federalized nation, 1993. Minister of State, 1995; member European Parliament, 1994-99. Belgian Deputy Prime Minister, until resignation in protest of sale of arms to Nepal, 1999-2002.
1950 Christine Lahti born Birmingham, MI. Actress and film producer. Spoke out against nuclear weapons, 1986; portrayed Vietnam War napalm protestor/fugitive in Running On Empty, 1988. Actively opposed Iraq War in Lysistrata Project, 2003; sent pink slip to White House, 2003; participated in Julia Ward Howe's Mothers Day against war, 2009.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1958 The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament held the first Aldermaston March, with 5,000 anti-nuclear protesters traveling from Trafalgar Square to the British atomic center at Aldermaston.
1984 500 police failed to close Greenham camp.
2003 11 women arrested at Los Angeles federal building in clothesline of bloody children’s clothes put up by Women of Conscience and Global Women.
2004 Death of Casey Sheehan in Iraq caused Cindy Sheehan to start antiwar protests.
2006 Camp Casey Peace Day marking deaths of Casey Sheehan and Martin Luther King.