December 19

Women peacemakers born today

  • 1806 Elizabeth Buffum Chace born Providence, RI (d. 1899). Radical pacifist and Quaker abolitionist, suffragist; conductor on underground railroad. Opposed Civil War, Spanish-American War.

  • 1820 Mary Livermore born Boston, MA (d. 1905). American reformer; abolitionist; suffragist lecturer and journalist.

  • 1919 Sally Lilienthal born Portland, OR  (d. 2006). American peace advocate and philanthropist; sculptor. Founded anti-nuclear grantmaking organization Ploughshares Fund, 1981. Vice-chairwoman of Amnesty International, 1977. Major supporter of Nobel Peace Prize-winning International Campaign to Ban Landmines, 1997.

  • 1945 Brenda Stokely born Harlem, New York. Co-chair New York City Labor Against the War (NYCLAW). Organized Million Worker March opposing war Oct. 2004; Black Socialist labor leader; opposes Israeli occupation; founder Troops Out Now 2004, Blacks in Solidarity Against the War 2005.

  • 1949 Le Ly Hayslip born Ky La, Vietnam. Humanitarian, author; founded East Meets West Foundation to heal wounds of war, 1988; published memoir Child of War, Woman of Peace, 1993.

Women's peacemaking on this day

  • 1645 Lady Deborah Moody got patent of religious liberty, leading to first Quaker meeting in America.

  • 1979 CEDAW Convention on Elimination of Discrimination Against Women adopted by UN General Assembly.

  • 1999 Women’s Initiative for Peace in South Asia organized human chains for "Peace for Empowerment and Empowerment for peace."

  • 2011 Three members of Femen abducted and beaten by Minsk security police for topless protests.

  • 2011 President Obama issued the United States National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security.

  • 2014 The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) released plans to build six regional Women Peace and Training Centers.