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.