April 6

Women peacemakers born today

  • 1801 Eliza P. Gurney born Philadelphia, PA (d. 1881). Quaker minister and preacher of pacifism; opposed military service in Civil War but supported Lincoln; co-founded Earlham College, 1847.

  • 1882 Rose Schneiderman born Saven, Russian Poland (d. 1979). Labor organizer and social reformer; Socialist and feminist. Established International Ladies Garment Union, 1913; International Congress of Working Women.

  • 1906 Elsa Knight Thompson born Bonner’s Ferry, ID (d. 1983). Trailblazing antiwar broadcaster with Pacifica Radio/KPFA, 1957-1974. Produced programming on civil rights and the Vietnam War.

  • 1926 Jeanne Martin Cisse born Kankan, Guinea. Diplomat. First woman to chair UN Security Council, 1972.

  • 1935 Elisabeth Rehn born Helsinki, Finland. Finnish Minister of Equality Affairs, 1991. United Nations Special Representative for Human Rights, Bosnia, 1995. UN Under-Secretary, 1998, Author of Women, War and Peace, 2002.

  • 1941 Greta Berlin born Detroit, MI. Peace activist for Palestine justice 1967; co-founder Free Gaza Movement 2006, Gaza Flotilla 2008, 2010.

Women's peacemaking on this day

  • 1917 Jeannette Rankin voted against World War I. "I love my country, but I cannot vote for war."

  • 1919 WILPF demonstration against food blockade of Germany, Trafalgar Square, London.

  • 1958 First Easter Protest of CND at Aldermaston organized by Pat Arrowsmith.

  • 2001 In the West Bank village of Dir Istya, two women were arrested for chaining themselves to olive trees scheduled for destruction by the Israeli army; two others arrested for blocking a bulldozer.

  • 2010 Maasai women began nonviolent protest against land evictions in march from Ololosokwan to Loliondo, Tanzania.

  • 2017 Women in Black remembered start of war in Bosnia on 25th anniversary Belgrad.