Women peacemakers born today
1813 Clemence Sophia Harned Lozier born Plainfield, NJ (d. 1888). Physician and reformer; suffrage leader; promoter of international arbitration; founded women's medical school, 1863; daughter of a Quaker.
1849 Ellen Key born Västervik, Sweden (d. 1926). Feminist peace leader; advocated "scientific pacifism" to use innate female compassion to end war.
1859 Annie Furuhjelm born Novoarchangelsk, Russian Alaska (d. 1937). Finnish journalist; feminist; member of parliament, 1914-24, 1927-9; founder of WILPF.
1876 Ada Louise Comstock born Moorhead, MN (d. 1973). First President of AAUW, 1921-3; President of Radcliffe College, 1923-43; Vice-President of the Institute of Pacific Relations; delegate to International Federation of University Women (London 1920, Paris 1923).
1922 Grace Paley born Bronx, NY (d. 2007). Pacifist author and professor; "combative pacifist and cooperative anarchist"; held one of the first meetings opposing Vietnam War in Greenwich Village; led seven-year vigil against war; peace visit to Hanoi, 1969; arrested at White House, 1978; organized Women & Life on Earth Conference, 1980; Pentagon Protest, 1980; opposed draft, nuclear weapons, Apartheid, central American intervention.
1945 Eleonora Zielinska. Polish expert on violence against women; feminist human rights lawyer; law professor.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1941 Founding of Church Women United, “to build a World Order based on love and justice without which there can be no durable peace,” Atlantic City, NJ.
1962 Women Strike for Peace tried to lay wreath in Capitol honoring suffrage founders; brought before House Un-American Activities Committee for communist ties.
1963 Berkeley Campus Women for Peace spokeswomen Jackie Goldberg and Ann Forrest protested bomb shelters.
1983 30,000 "Women Reclaim Greenham," ripping fence of US missile base.
1998 West African Workshop of Women in the Aftermath of Civil War, Dakar.
2010 Ladies in White protest outside Havana prison against detention of resisters.
2012 Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence began six-week fast to talk to Canadian Prime Minister about First Nations issues.
2013 Margaretta D’Arcy attempted citizen’s arrest of judge Patrick Durcan, accusing him of making Ireland complicit in war crimes for allowing American military usage of Shannon Airport.