Beatrice Brigden


Beatrice Brigden born Belleville, Ontario, Canada January 20, 1888 (d. 1977). Radical Canadian social reformer; peace activist; Socialist feminist; daughter of Quaker mother, she became a Quaker after WWII; critic of Methodist church support for war following WWI; delegate to First Interamerican Congress of Women, Guatemala 1947 which opposed nuclear weapons and asked for pacifist women at UN; Voice of Women (VOW) peace mission to USSR 1963; first women to seek federal office, frequently defeated.


"[M]en won't run where there is no chance, while women are willing to run for principle." (, Jan. 30, 2012; photo Wikipedia)