Helen Marston Beardsley


Helen Marston Beardsley born San Diego, CA June 26, 1892 (d. 1982). Quaker peace leader and organizer. Took part in Friends relief, Vienna, 1921; founded WILPF San Diego chapter, 1924; co-founded San Diego Peace Center. Socialist work with Mexican immigrants and farm workers; opposed nuclear weapons; marched against Vietnam War at age 89; on Nixon's enemies list, 1971.


"If justice can be gained without violence, it is up to us to prove it." (Joan Jensen, "When Women Worked", California History, p. 128, June 1988; 1941 photo aclusandiego.org)