Women peacemakers born today
1901 Margaret Moseley born Dedham, MA (d. 1997). Peace, civil rights and community activist Boston and Cape Cod; state leader WILPF; marched at Selma.
1917 Inge Scholl born Forchtenberg, Bavaria (d. 1998). Member of White Rose nonviolent resistance to Hitler; arrested but released; postwar leader opposing Pershing nuclear missiles; arrested for protest at Mutlangen 1985.
1941 Elizabeth Holtzman born Brooklyn, NY. Elected 1973 to Congress on anti-Vietnam War platform; youngest woman elected to Congress, age 31; opposed capital punishment and Apartheid; sued Nixon for bombing Cambodia 1973; advocated impeaching Bush for Iraq War.
1947 Miriam Leiva born Villa Clara, Cuba. Cuban dissident journalist; co-founded Ladies in White protesting political detentions 2003; fired from Foreign Ministry 1992; sought reconciliation of US and Cuba; blog Cuban Reconciliation.
1966 Melissa Parke born Donnybrook, Australia. Served as lawyer for UN, Kosovo, 1999-2002; Gaza 2002-03. Established UN Ethics Office, 2005-06. Member, Australian Parliament, 2007-present. Australian Minister of Development, 2013.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1253 Death of St. Clare, companion of nonviolent Saint Francis.
1917 Women's Peace Crusade march by 1000 women Nelson, Lancashire.
1958 UN Treaty on Women's Nationality effective.
1977 20th WILPF Conference, Tokyo.
2003 11th international meeting of Women in Black, Marina di Massa, Tuscan coast. “Let’s Dare to Make Peace; Let’s Disarm the World”
2011 Judge Patricia Acioli assassinated by police bullets Rio de Janiero for prosecuting police violence.
2014 European Conference of Women in Black, Leuven, Belgium.