December 14

Women peacemakers born today

  • 1631 Anne Conway born London (d. 1679). Platonist philosopher; converted Quaker, 1677.

  • 1869 Mary Willcox Glenn (d. 1940). Social worker; associate of Jane Addams; founder of American Committee of the International Migration Services, 1924; hospitals for refugees, 1930.

  • 1882 Helena Normanton born London (d. 1957). Pioneering British female barrister; feminist suffragist with nonviolent Women's Freedom League, 1907; lifelong pacifist against World War I; CND women's march against atom bomb, 1953.

  • 1908 Doria Shafik born Tanta, Egypt (d. 1975). Egyptian feminist leader; editor; founded Daughters of the Nile, 1949; protest in parliament, 1951; 10-day fast for life brought vote, 1954.

  • 1950 Fatima Gazieva born Kazakhstan. Chechen peacemaker. Co-founded Echo of War (Ekho Voiny); joined life chain protest against war, 1995; participated in Russian and Chechen women's Peace March from Moscow to Grozny, 1995; abducted and released the next day, 2004. Nobel Peace Prize nominee, 2005.

  • 1954 Rebeca Grynspan born San José, Costa Rica. International economist; first woman head Ibero-American SEGIB for sustainable development; Costa Rica’s Vice President and Housing Minister 1996-8; UN Development Program Latin America 2006-10.

Women's peacemaking on this day

  • 2008 Pamela Bennet and Mari Blome arrested for protest at Marine recruiting station San Francisco.

  • 2010 30 women arrested Kartoum for protesting flogging of woman: "Humiliating your women is humiliating all your people."

  • 2011 Korean women stage 1000th weekly protest against Japanese sex slavery.