Abigail Disney

Overview

Abigail Disney born North Hollywood, CA January 24, 1960. Filmmaker; peace activist; produced Pray the Devil Back to Hell documentary about women’s peacemaking in Liberia, 2008; PBS “Women, War & Peace” 2011; founded Peace is Loud 2008 featuring women peacemakers; trip to Dem. Repub. Congo 2011 to support women peacemaking; Sri Lanka 2012 to start Sri Lankan Women’s Agenda on Peace; joined Ahava boycott 2012; crossed Korean demarcation line in appeal for peace 2015; International Advocate for Peace award 2011.

Quotations

[W]ar is a totalizing, uncivilized experience.” (Brainy Quote)

When men talk about war, the stories and terminology vary—it's this battle, these weapons, this terrain. But no matter where you go in the world, women use the same language to speak of war. They speak of fire, they speak of death, and they speak of starvation. . . I think if we understand better the impact of war on women and children, we might be more careful about the wars we start.” (Forbes interview, Aug. 19, 2010)

Peace comes because people make a decision to stop fighting.” (Jesica Berns interview, Oct. 2013; photo alchetron)

Beulah Marie Dix

Overview

Beulah Marie Dix born Kingston, MA January 24, 1876 (d. 1970). American pacifist playwright, author, and screenwriter. Wrote several antiwar plays opposing WWI: “Across the Border”, 1914, and “Moloch”, 1915. Antiwar pieces for American School Peace League: “A Pageant of Peace”, 1915, “The Enemy”, 1915,“Where War Comes”, 1916. Children’s books include The Glorious Game and Clemency.

Quotations

On “Moloch”: “[I] tried to show how endless and purposeless war really is when stripped of its imaginary glamour; how it changes men’s very natures and bequathes a legacy of hate to little children.” (May 15, 1915, Chicago Daily News in Women Staging War, Maria Beach, 2004, p. 67; photo Wikipedia)

Dorothea Dix

Overview

Dorothea Dix born Hampden, ME April 4, 1802 (d. 1887). American prison reformer, teacher and humanitarian; advocated care of the insane; superintendent of Union nurses in Civil War.

Quotations

"In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman."

"I come to present the strong claims of suffering humanity. I come to place before the Legislature of Massachusetts the condition of the miserable, the desolate, the outcast. I come as the advocate of helpless, forgotten, insane, and idiotic men and women." (Memorial to the Legislature of Massachusetts, Jan. 19, 1843; photo Unitarian Universalists)

Jody Dodd

Overview

Jody Dodd born November 9, 1957. WILPF leader; War Resisters League.

Quotations

"I am outraged at the news that Bush has made an agreement to provide India with nuclear materials/technology! India is outside the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and therefore it is in violation of International Law, the NPT and US Law for the US to do so. This action will only further to advance global proliferation and weaken the NPT." (letter to Sen. Spector, March 2, 2006; photo WRL)

Kate Donnelly

Overview

Kate Donnelly born New Haven, CT September 29, 1952. Nonviolence trainer and teacher; publisher. Participant and chronicler of Women and Life on Earth Conference, 1979, and Women's Pentagon Action, 1980. Led War Resisters League (WRL) campaign against war toys; edited WRL Handbook for Nonviolent Action, 1989. Recipient War Resisters League Award, 2001.

Quotations

"Let's face it—without intelligent, compassionate youth, there's not much hope for our planet, never mind our 'movement.'" (quote and photo Peace Women Across the Globe)

Jean Donovan

Overview

Jean Donovan born Westport, CT April 10, 1953. (d. 1980). Catholic lay worker beaten, raped and murdered by Salvadoran National Guard.

Quotations

The Peace Corps left today and my heart sank low. The danger is extreme and they were right to leave. . . Now I must assess my own position, because I am not up for suicide. Several times I have decided to leave. I almost could, except for the children, the poor bruised victims of adult lunacy. Who would care for them? Whose heart would be so staunch as to favor the reasonable thing in a sea of their tears and helplessness? Not mine, dear friend, not mine.” (quote and photo Wikipedia)

Mary Antoinette Doolittle

Overview

Mary Antoinette Doolittle born New Lebanon, NY September 8, 1810 (d. 1886). Shaker Eldress and lecturer; wrote War Positively Unchristian.

Quotations

"War is incompatible with Christianity. It is not only un-christian, but is immoral, unscientific, and retards civilization." (The Shaker Manifesto, p. 3, Jan. 1879; photo historicmapworks.com)

Madeleine Z. Doty

Overview

Madeleine Zabriskie Doty born Bayonne, NJ August 24, 1877 (d. 1963). Lawyer; World War I correspondent; pacifist co-founder of WILPF; first international secretary 1925-31; started first Junior Year Abroad in Geneva 1938; advocated prison reform after spending voluntary week in prison.

Quotations

"I set out to remake the world. I would study law, be a great woman lawyer, see justice done." (Alice Rinehart, One Woman Determined to Make a Difference, p. 21, 2001; photo asteria.fivecolleges.edu)

Alice May Douglas

Overview

Alice May Douglas born Bath, ME June 28, 1865 (d. 1943). Peace activist; poet and children's author. As head of the Women's Christian Temperance Union's Peace and Arbitration branch, actively promoted peace education and peaceful settlement of disputes. Founder and composer of Peace Makers' Band. Published The Peacemaker and a story of Russian Mennonite exiles. Delivered paper "The Inconsistency of Military Drill" for Child Study Conference, Liege.

Quotations

"[T]wo little boys, who by reading history, had become imbued with war aspirations and were writing essays on war and making pictures to illustrate warfare, were induced to use their talents for peace, and to write for The Acorn." (WCTU Minutes, Nov. 1894, p. 441; photo Mary Livermore, American Women Fifteen Hundred Biographies, 1897, p. 156)

Helen Gahagan Douglas

Overview

Helen Gahagan Douglas born Boonton, NJ November 25, 1900 (d. 1980). US Delegate to UN General Assembly, 1946; Calif. Representative on House Foreign Affairs; resisted Cold War and HUAC; Honorary Co-Chair of WILPF; promoted UN control of nuclear weapons; helped write Marshall Plan.

Quotations

"The air needs to be cleared of suspicion and doubt and fear. . . What we need now in the world is friends." (postwar speech to Congress, in A Full Life, p. 214; photo US govt. wiki pd)

Sarah Mapps Douglass

Overview

Sarah Mapps Douglass born Philadelphia, PA September 9, 1806 (d. 1882). Black abolitionist educator and headmistress; co-founder Philadelphia Female Anti-Slavery Society 1833; led desegregation of Quaker meetings, and promoted education of Black women.

Quotations

"Banish prejudice from your hearts." (Liberator, May 1832; photo friendsmedia.org)

Elizabeth Dowdeswell

Overview

Elizabeth Dowdeswell (née Patton) born Belfast, Northern Ireland November 9, 1944. Canadian stateswoman; first woman head UN Environmental Program as Under Secretary 1992-8; professor environmental studies; Lt. Governor Ontario 2014.

Quotations

People, young and old, must gain the capacity to make sound environmental decisions; to act instinctively to protect life on Earth. . . We know that no environmental issue has yet emerged that is not within the capabilities of the human race to resolve. We have tremendous knowledge and technological capability. And we have very compelling evidence on most issues for the need to act. But, somehow, what is still missing is the political will to do so.” (Aug. 11, 1997 UN Gen. Assembly; photo royalroads.ca)

Mary Elisabeth Dreier

Overview

Mary Elisabeth Dreier born Brooklyn, NY September 26, 1875 (d. 1963). Labor reformer and suffragist leader; artist; arrested 1909 in shirtwaist strike; organizer of first antiwar parade 1914; chaired Women's Trade Union League’s Outlawry of War committee; associate of Jane Addams at Hull House; Indian rights advocate; opposed Cold War and nuclear weapons.

Shirley Graham Du Bois

Overview

Shirley Graham Du Bois born Evansville, IN November 11, 1896 (d. 1977). African-American/Cherokee musician; playwright; biographer; peace activist; Communist; exiled to Ghana, 1961; promoted African unity.

Quotations

"In this great crisis of the world's history. . . we look forward to Peace and backward to War." (Her delivery of speech of W.E.B. Du Bois, Accra, Dec. 12, 1958; photo findagrave)

Rachel Davis DuBois

Overview

Rachel Davis DuBois born Woodstown, NJ January 25, 1892 (d. 1993). Quaker; pioneer in intercultural relations. WILPF leader at Hague Conference, 1922, International Conference of Trade Unions, 1922; founded Junior International League for Peace, 1922; led WILPF Auto Peace Tour, 1922. Developed assembly program technique to combat racism, 1924; SCLC trainer. Headed State Dept. mission to assist resettled Germans, 1951.

Quotations

"My lifelong interest in race relations and intercultural education—my concern that people from different backgrounds be encouraged to share the best of their traditions and customs, thus building a richer culture and having fun doing it."

On her message: "Is it not that LOVE. . . is the greatest of all powers, and that is because there is that of God in each of us, we are all God's children? For God is Love." (All This and Something More (1984), p. 254; photo http://bit.ly/xa3e06)