Women peacemakers born today
1854 Anna Braithwaite Thomas born Banbury, Oxfordshire (d. 1947). Anglo-American Quaker peace leader; minister and author; recorded wartime relief Germany, Austria and Hungary in First World War.
1858 Ethel J. Rosenberg born Bath, England (d. 1930). English artist. Pioneering speaker and writer of Bahá’i causes of peace, universal brotherhood, and gender equality.
1886 Inez Milholland born Brooklyn, NY (d. 1916). Socialist pacifist suffragist orator; labor lawyer and journalist who sailed on Ford's Peace ship to stop World War I; expelled from Italy for antiwar articles; suffrage icon riding white horse in 1913 parade DC.
1892 Ruth Suckow born Hawarden, IA (d. 1960). Quaker novelist and poet who supported conscientious objection in World War II.
1934 Diane di Prima born Brooklyn, NY. American anarchist and Beat Poet. Refused taxes for Vietnam War, 1966. Edited War Poems, 1968. Signed Pledge of Resistance to Bush wars, 2002.
1952 Wang Xuan born Yiwu, Zhejiang, China. Chinese activist. Campaigned against Japanese army's usage of germ warfare during World War II.
1972 Geri Halliwell born Watford, Hertfordshire, England. English pop star; member of the Spice Girls. UN Population Fund Goodwill Ambassador, 1999; mission to Zambia, 2006.
1983 Annevig Schelde Ebbe born Århus, Denmark. Danish actress; peace activist; sang in mass protest against Iraq War 2001; second-generation peacemaker, daughter of WILPF president.
1985 Debi Nova born San José, Costa Rica. UN Youth Champion against violence to women; singer, songwriter, instrumentalist.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1918 Forty-eight suffragists arrested, Washington DC.
1965 Mariquita Platov protested Vietnam War at White House.
1982 Greenham women protested nuclear arms.
1994 Six women arrested at Burghfield England atomic weapons depot.
1999 Candlelight pledge of peace by South Asian women at Gandhi memorial, Delhi.
2005 Cindy Sheehan turned away from Crawford TX White House. "I want to ask George Bush: Why did my son die?"
2008 Sylvia Boyes arrested for cutting into Flyingdales England missile base.
2008 Patricia O’Brien appointed first woman Legal Counsel and Under-Secretary for Legal Affairs, UN.