Judith Anne Cook


Judith Anne Cook (née Cushing) born Manchester, England July 9, 1933 (d. 2004). British anti-nuclear leader; historical fiction writer; led 400 pram-pushing mothers in protest at Russian embassy London Nov. 1962; founded Voice of Women Dec. 1962; Quaker attender.


[W]e watched a programme that showed Russian and American tanks facing each other in Berlin, and the commentator interviewed an American colonel who recogned they’d be using nuclear weapons by next Tuesday. I was horrified. I sat down and wrote a letter to The Guardian—from the standpoint of an anxious mother. . . [to] express my fears and feelings of powerlessness.” (The Guardian, March 7, 1962; photo amazon.co.uk)