Women peacemakers born today
1860 Emily Hobhouse born St. Ives, Cornwall (d. 1926). Leading opponent of Boer War; exposed British concentration camps in South Africa.
1884 Louise Olivereau born Douglas, WY (d. 1963). Stenographer and poet; pacifist; philosophical anarchist. Charged with espionage and sentenced to 10 years prison for counseling conscientious objectors to World War I; served 28 months, 1917.
1917 Irene Morgan Kirkaldy born Baltimore, MD (d. 2007). First person to defy bus segregation, Gloucester, VA, 1944; jailed and fined, but vindicated by US Supreme Court in Morgan v. Virginia 1946. Awarded Presidential Citizens Medal, 2001.
1941 Kredelle Petway born Camden, AL. Freedom Rider math student arrested at Jackson, Mississippi airport, 1961, jailed three days.
1967 Vaiba Kebeh Flomo born Margibi County, Liberia. Liberian peacemaker. Co-founded Christian Women Peace Initiative (CWPI), 2002. Organized large-scale nonviolent protests with Liberian Women Mass Action for Peace, 2003. Advised NGO Reconcile on peacebuilding, South Sudan, 2009.
Women's peacemaking on this day
688 Death of St. Waltrude, Belgian altruist.
1609 Louise de Coligny helped secure the Treaty of Antwerp, forging a truce in Dutch War of Independence.
1993 Kathy Boylan arrested Newport News for Good Friday Ploughshares protest against nuclear submarine USS Tucson.
1995 Dorothy Brownold sentenced 3 years for Nuremberg protest at Concord, CA base.