Women peacemakers born today
1869 Evelyn Jane Sharp born Denmark Hill, London, England (d. 1955). British author and suffragist. Tax resister; pacifist against WWI. Twice imprisoned and force-fed, 1911, 1913. Barred from Hague Women's Peace Congress, 1915. Took part in postwar Quaker relief to Russia, 1920, and Germany, 1921.
1920 Helen Thomas born Winchester, KY (d. 2013). American journalist and author; critic of Iraq War and Israeli occupation.
1928 Betty Shiver Krawczyk born Salinas, CA. Canadian environmental activist; repeatedly arrested, jailed 1994, 1999, 2000 (twice), 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007 for nonviolent environmental protests.
1938 Ellen Schrecker born Philadelphia, PA. "The dean of the anti-anti-Communist historians." Historian; anti-war activist.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1914 First major women's rally against war, Kingsway Hall London organized by Helena Swanwick.
1934 In Paris, Gabrielle Duchene organized the World Assembly of Women and chaired the World Committee of Women Against War and Fascism.
1946 First postwar WILPF Congress "A New World Order" Luxembourg.
1954 WILPF XIIth Congress Paris condemned US aid to French war in Vietnam.
1966 While participating in a nonviolent march for racial equality led by Martin Luther King, Jr. in Chicago, Sister Mary Angelica injured by brick.
1967 Chicago Manifesto "To the Women of the Left" started radical women's movement.
1977 Frances Peavey led nonviolent protest against expulsion of Asian tenants from International Hotel, San Francisco.
1983 Barbara Deming released from Waterloo, NY jail.
1985 On the 40th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing, Justine Merritt led thousands in wrapping 15-mile-long Peace Ribbon around the Pentagon.
1990 Catholic nuns arrested for protest at Wurtsmith AFB, Osceola MI.
1994 The Women in Black held 3rd international meeting of The Women United Against War Network, Novi Sad, Vojvodino, Serbia.
1995 Neidonuo Angami presided over 3,000 Naga women for a Mourning Day of war, resolving "Shed No More Blood."