Women peacemakers born today
1903 Ilka Chase born New York, NY (d. 1978). American actress and novelist, Quaker pacifist.
1905 Helen Joseph born Easebourne, West Sussex, England (d. 1992). South African nonviolent anti-Apartheid protester. Led march of 20,000 women in protest against pass laws, Pretoria, 1956; first South African put under house arrest.
1922 Vivian Anderson Castleberry born Lindale, TX. Newspaper editor. Founded Peacemakers, 1987. Ran first International Women’s Peace Conference, 1988. Made citizen diplomat trips to Russia, 1984, 1986, 1987.
1928 Leah Rabin born Königsberg, E. Prussia (d. 2000). Israeli peace advocate after murder of her Nobel laureate husband, 1995.
1948 Danuta Hubner born Nisko, Poland. Polish economist. Executive Director UN European Commission for Econ., 2001; European Commissioner of Economic Policy, 2004-09; European Parliament, 2009.
1954 Louisa Hanoune born al-Shafiqa, Hegal, Algeria. As head of Workers Party, first woman to run for Algerian presidency, 2004. Nobel Peace Prize nominee, 2005.
1955 Barbara Kingsolver born Annapolis, MD. American author and biologist. Protested Vietnam War; self-exiled during Gulf War, 1990. Joined antiwar organization Not In Our Name, 2003. Published anti-colonialist novel The Poisonwood Bible based on her childhood experiences in the Congo, 1999.
1968 Tracy Grammer born Homestead, FL. American folk singer. Protested Iraq War and war toys.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1916 Sylvia Pankhurst organized London demonstration against conscription.
1945 World Security Month celebrated by National Council of Negro Women.
1992 French end nuclear testing as result of Marie-Pierre Bovy's Stop Essais campaign.
1993 Swedish Women in Black of Lund demonstrate in sympathy with Serbian women.
2009 Spanish teacher Audrey Schwankl dressed as Lady Liberty arrested in immigration protest.
2012 In Damascus, protester Rima Dali was arrested. "Stop the killing, so we can build a country for all Syrians."
2013 Three members of FEMEN protested nude against Vladimir Putin’s visit to Hanover.
2015 In Kardze, Tibet, Buddhist nun Yeshi Khando reportedly died of self-immolation protest.