December 15

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).