Women peacemakers born today
1856 Florence Balgarnie born Scarborough, Yorkshire (d. 1928). Militant British suffragette; international speaker on reform; pacifist leader of International Arbitration & Peace Association; Secretary of British Anti-lynching League.
1885 Grace Hutchins born Boston, MA (d. 1965). "Revolutionary" labor economist; lesbian partner of pacifist Anna Rochester; leader of nonviolent pacifist Fellowship of Reconciliation 1922-26; later communist; missionary to China; arrested in Sacco-Vanzetti protest 1927.
1914 Margaret Morgan Lawrence born New York, NY. African-American child psychiatrist. Pacifist in World War II and Cold War. Active member of Fellowship of Reconciliation. Received Fellowship of Reconciliation Martin Luther King Jr Award, 2005.
1920 Donna Allen born Petosky, MI (d. 1999). Labor economist; author and editor; historian; feminist; peace and civil rights activist; co-founder Women’s Strike for Peace; founded Women's Institute for Freedom of the Press (WIFP) 1972; opposed CIA intervention Guatemala, nuclear weapons, Vietnam War; arrested for protest against NATO Paris 1965; sentenced for contempt of House Un-American Activities 1966, then exonerated.
1939 Ingela Mårtensson born Ström, Sweden. Swedish politician and peace leader; Liberal member of parliament 1985-94; opposed militarization by NATO; President Peoples Movement NO to EU, with NATO tie; against Indonesian war in Timor 1993.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1921 Women's Peace Union founded Niagara Falls, Canada by Elinor Byrns. "Under no circumstances is it right to take human life and [we women] pledge ourselves to work for world peace."
1922 Jessie Hooper launched campaign for world peace in her Senate race Blue River WI.
1958 Erica Enzer and Eleanor Calkins led first protest against a Cold War military base, Cheyenne WY.
1958 Clara Luper made first Sit-in at Katz Drugstore, Oklahoma City.
1980 21st WILPF Conference, Quinnipiac University, Hamden, CT.
1983 Canadian women established peace camp at Cold Lake, Alberta.
1989 Csilla von Boeselager's Pan European peace picnic opened refuge from Eastern Europe, first leak in the Iron Curtain.
1991 Russian Peace Society held nonviolent protest against Moscow coup against Gorbachev.
1996 At UCLA's Freud Theater, Winona LaDuke accepted the Green Party vice-presidential nomination.
2013 16th international meeting of Women in Black, Montevideo, Uruguay.