August 14

Women peacemakers born today

  • 1874 Mary Patterson Nitobe born Philadelphia, PA (d. 1938). "First Lady of the World", as hostess at League of Nations for husband, the Under-Secretary; Quaker pacifist.

  • 1929 Louise McIntosh Slaughter born Lynch, KY. "Most liberal" Democratic congresswoman 1987; opposed Iraq War; favored impeaching president for deception; opposed missile defense and landmines.

  • 1944 Arlette Ramaroson born Diego Suarez, Madagascar. Appeals Judge International Criminal Tribunal for Ruanda; Presiding Judge who found Ildephonse Hategekimana guilty of genocide; also Bisengimana.

  • 1948 Helena Knapp-Meyer born London. American professor of peace studies; author. Co-founded Nuclear Freeze, 1980; published Dangerous Peace-Making, 2003.

Women's peacemaking on this day

  • 1917 Suffragettes' Kaiser Wilhelm Protest mobbed Washington DC.

  • 1918 Thirty women suffragists arrested Lafayette Park DC, released and rearrested.

  • 1932 Kathe Kollwitz's masterwork dedicated Roggevelde, Flanders as memorial to her son killed 1914.

  • 1976 First Peace March Northern Ireland, Belfast 10,000 marchers.