December 26

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.