August 16

Women peacemakers born today

  • 1872 Roberta Jull born Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1961). Australian physician and social reformer. Internationalist; leader of League of Nations Union. Delegate to League of Nations, 1929. One of 200 women who presented an international petition for peace bearing more than nine million signatures to the World Disarmament Conference, Geneva, 1932.

  • 1887 Agnes Dollan born Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1966). Pacifist feminist and suffragette; Socialist politician; public antiwar protests throughout World War I; led local Women's International League 1915; co-founded Women's Peace Crusade 1916; jailed in rent protest 1917.

  • 1941 Frances “Finley” Peavey born Twin Falls, ID (d. 2010). Peace activist and writer. Tax refuser against nuclear weapons. Held international show “Nuclear Comedians” about the absurdity of nukes. Promoted Ganges River cleanup. Led nonviolent protest on behalf of Filipinos expelled from International Hotel, San Francisco, 1977.

  • 1947 Carol Moseley Braun born Chicago, IL. First female African-American US Senator 1993-99; Ambassador to New Zealand, 1999; ran for President 2004 opposing Iraq War.

  • 1955 Christiana Thorpe born Freetown, Sierra Leone. Former nun of St. Joseph; leader of West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) promoting peace after 10-year civil war. Minister of Education, 1994; first woman to head Electoral Commission, 2005.

Women's peacemaking on this day

  • 1989 Vera Vasardani organized protest against NATO bases on Crete.

  • 2002 Women’s Peace Train departed Kampala, Uganda 10 A.M. for Johannesburg on 8,000-km trip.

  • 2007 14th international meeting of Women in Black, Valencia, Spain. "The relations between women as an alternative policy for Peace"

  • 2010 Women and People's Summit of the Americas Against Militarization, Bogota, Colombia through 23rd. "As women, we construct loving relations with Mother Earth and affirm the Sovereignty of our people."

  • 2014 First major rally of Women Wage Peace after Gaza War.