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.