Women peacemakers born today
1808 Mary Ann White Johnson born Westmoreland, NH (d. 1872). Abolitionist; lecturer on physiology. Founding member of world's first nonviolence group, New England Non-Resistance Society, Boston, 1838. As matron at Sing Sing Prison, became advocate for prison reform.
1860 Laura Drake Gill born Chesterville, ME (d. 1926). Math teacher; Dean at Barnard College; President of Sewanee College; organized first women's placement service; relieved orphans of war as Red Cross nurse in Cuba 1898.
1862 Zonia Baber born Kansas, Clark Co, IL (d. 1956). Geography professor; feminist; pacifist; anti-racist; anti-imperialist; WILPF member of Balch mission to Haiti 1926 leading to end of US military occupation; promoted Puerto Rican suffrage; mapped world peace monuments.
1877 Madeleine Z. Doty born Bayonne, NJ (d. 1963). Lawyer; World War I correspondent; pacifist co-founder of WILPF; first international secretary 1925-31; started first Junior Year Abroad in Geneva 1938; advocated prison reform after spending voluntary week in prison.
1895 Carol Weiss King born Manhattan (d. 1952). Human rights lawyer who defended unpopular immigrants.
1928 Angie Brooks born Virginia, Liberia (d. 2007). Lawyer; President UN General Assembly 1970; Liberian envoy to UN 1954; President UN Trusteeship Council 1966 which oversaw independence of Togo and Cameroon.
1951 Maha Abu-Dayyeh Shamas born Palestine (d. 2015). Palestinian human rights leader; feminist. Co-founder and Director, Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counseling, E. Jerusalem, 1991-2015. Received French Republic Human Rights Award, 1998; named Ms. Woman of the Year, 2002.
1954 Ulla Røder born Denmark. Ploughshares protester, sprayed "USELESS" on British sub; disabled Mayfair nuclear raft Loch Goil 1999 for which Trident trio were tried and acquitted.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1945 Jessie Hughan and Frances Witherspoon advocated abolition of atomic bomb.
1950 Edith Sampson became first African-American woman appointed to UN by US.
2014 The Global Network of Women Peacebuilders held Girl Ambassadors for Peace training of 12 young women to promote women and peace & security issues in Kivu, Congo.
2015 In Nelson, British Columbia, the Peacemaking Collective held Young Women’s Peace Camp.