August 23

Women peacemakers born today

  • 1900 Malvina Reynolds born San Francisco, CA (d. 1978). Folksinger and activist; Socialist; organized "Playing War" against war toys 1964, "Sick World" against A-bomb 1964, "Heavy on Me" against pollution 1977; "Nestlé No!" against baby formula 1978.

  • 1950 Roza Otunbayeva born Frunze, USSR (now Bishkek, Kyrgizstan). Professor of Philosophy; UN Special Envoy for Abkhazia dispute 2002; Thrice Kyrgiz Foreign Minister; a leader in Tulip Revolution 2005; as interim President she ended ethnic violence, introduced a new constitution and elections, 2010-11.

  • 1951 Noor of Jordan born Washington DC. Queen of Jordan, 1978-99; led international landmine campaign; promoted aid to Balkans 1998; member International Campaign for Missing Persons 1996; official mediator in Colombia civil war; co-founded Global Zero to eliminate nuclear weapons 2008.

  • 1994 Michaela “Chaeli” Mycroft born Cape Town, South Africa. Winner of 2011 International Children’s Peace Prize at age 17 for advocacy of children’s disability care; first quadriplegic to climb Kilimanjaro 2015.

Women's peacemaking on this day

  • 1918 Mollie Steimer arrested for antiwar leafleting New York.

  • 1929 Sixth International WILPF Congress, Prague, "Renunciation of War—What Follows?" Jane Addams's farewell.

  • 1988 Six Raging Grannies arrested Winchelsea Island, Vancouver for invading Nanoose nuclear sub base.

  • 2009 Cassidy Nicosia arrested for going topless, Keene NH.

  • 2013 Nobel Women's Initiative issued a statement calling for an immediate end to violence in Egypt.