Women peacemakers born today
1861 Vida Scudder born Madurai, India (d. 1954). American social reformer; absolute pacifist; socialist; professor; scholar; lesbian.
1874 Zephine Humphrey born Philadelphia (d. 1959). Novelist who opposed World War I.
1913 Muriel Rukeyser born Manhattan, NY (d. 1980). Poet; socialist; jailed in New York and Washington, DC for civil disobedience; arrested Scottsboro, 1933. Opposed Spanish Civil War, Vietnam War.
1920 Marie Guisse-Matlet born Wanze, Belgium (d. 1998). Belgian feminist; pacifist; militant Communist.
1960 Martine Bonny Dikongue born Yaoundé, Cameroon. Economist; nonviolent conflict resolution trainer; peacemaker in post-genocide Rwanda; speaks 12 languages. Developed "Méthode Coulombe," white dove method of cultural reconciliation, 1997.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1901 German women protest Boer War in Munich.
1911 In London, suffragist Emily Davison set 3 mailboxes afire.
1915 Helen Keller spoke against war in New York. "I look upon the whole world as my fatherland."
1920 Henni Forchhammer of Denmark became the first woman to address the League of Nations.
1991 Rachelle Rachman arrested for Seneca Base protest.
2010 2,000 women from African Great Lakes march in protest against rape in Rutshuru, Goma (North Kivu, Congo).