Women peacemakers born today
1876 Rita Majerotti born Castelfranco Veneto, Treviso, Italy (d. 1960). Italian elementary school teacher who opposed World War I; Socialist; feminist; defended women workers; jailed 42 days and exiled by Mussolini.
1928 Joan Kroc born St. Paul, MN (d. 2003). Musician; benefactor of Peace Studies programs Notre Dame, 1987, San Diego, 2000.
1941 Jane Roberts born San Diego, CA. Teacher who founded Friends of UN Population Fund when US cut funds, 2002.
1945 Eva Quistorp born Detmold, Lippe. German pacifist leader; environmental leader; theologian, political scientist. Co-founded Green Party and Women for Peace, 1979; promoted nuclear disarmament, 1980. Green Party member of European Parliament, 1989-94; opposed Iraq War; promoted Gaza Freedom March, 2004; advocated nonviolent peace force and UN Parliament.
1955 Angelica Edna Calò Livné born Rome, Italy. Israeli peace advocate; educator for peace through art. Founded Beresheet L'Shalom (Beginning of Peace) Foundation, 2001, and Rainbow dance theater for Palestinian and Israeli youth in Sasa, Galilee. Nobel Peace Prize nominee, 2005.
1959 Sandra Steingraber born Champaign, IL. Biologist and ecologist; poet. Jailed 10 days for peacefully blocking entrance to Inergy fracking facility, Ithaca, 2013. Founded We Are Seneca Lake to protest fracking, 2014.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1689 Empress Sophia of Russia signed the Treaty of Nerchinsk, securing a peace with China which would last until 1860.
1918 Spokane office of Clara M. Irwin raided for antiwar letter.
1981 Thirty-six Greenham Women began march of "Women for Life on Earth" from Cardiff, Wales; idea of Anne Pettitt.
1982 Eighteen Greenham women arrested for occupying sentry box.
1984 18 German Women’s Resistance Camp protesters blocked crane at US base Reckershausen.
1992 Global Peace Farmers Susan Crane and Sunshine Appleby arrested, Concord, CA.
2006 Iranian women began ”One Million Signatures” campaign for women’s rights.
2011 Helen Yost arrested in Wild Idaho Rising Tide protest against tar sands megaloads.
2012 Togolese women began a week-long Lysistrata protest, refusing sex with husbands who didn’t support Let’s Save Togo Coalition.