Women peacemakers born today
1618 Elisabeth of the Palatinate AKA Elisabeth of Bohemia born Heidelberg, Palatinate Germany (d. 1680). Philosopher Princess; Abbess of Herford; Labadist (Christian communist); correspondent with Quakers Fox, Barclay and Penn; philosophers Descartes, Spinoza.
1914 Sushila Nayar born Kunjah, Punjab, India (d. 2001). Gandhi's doctor; member of Gandhi's ashram; participated in nonviolent protests, jailed 1942-44; active in Gandhi's Noakhali campaign for religious harmony; participated in Bhave's Bhoodan movement; Indian Minister of Health, 1962.
1928 Patricia Montandon born Merkel, TX. Peace activist; founded Children as the Peacemakers, 1982; Banner of Hope for children killed in war; opposed Gulf War and nuclear warfare.
1998 Naomi Kodama. Organized tsunami relief donations, 2005; fundraised for Nothing But Nets against malaria; multilingual UN Champion, 2011.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1946 Muslim woman Amtussalam began 25-day fast for nonviolence at Sirandi.
1990 Arab Women's Union ship delivering food to Iraq seized by US off Masira.
1992 Women in Black demonstrate in Belgrade against wartime rape.
2003 Anne Farina of St. Louis hit in leg by Israeli bullet in nonviolent protest at Mas'ha, West Bank.