Women peacemakers born today
1789 Catharine Sedgwick born Stockbridge, MA (d. 1867). Publication of novel Hope Leslie showed a revised view of the Pequot War, sympathetic to the Indian view, 1827.
1888 Lillie M. Peck born Gloversville, NY (d. 1947). Founder of International Federation of Settlements, 1922; president of IFS, 1947-52; active in postwar reconstruction.
1943 Joan Ruddock born Pontypool, Wales. Chair of Committee for Nuclear Disarmament, 1981-85; member of parliament, 1987; first Junior Minister for Women, 1997; Minister for Energy & Environment, 2009.
1964 Aloisea Inyumba born Ugandan refugee camp (d. 2012). Rwandan senator. First Minister of Family & Gender, 1994-99. Director, National Unity & Reconciliation Commission. Played key role in Rwandan recovery from genocide, overseeing the adoption of 500,000 orphans and the burial of 800,000 dead.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1970 "Conference for a New Peace," 18th WILPF Congress opened, New Delhi. First Asian conference.
1970 Ludmila Javorova ordained priest by Czech bishop Davidek.
1987 Nun Marie Grunke and Joanne Merrigan boarded US Leftwich in Sydney and hammered cruise missile in Australian Plowshares action.
1990 Cheryl Lessin sentenced one year for first protest against Gulf War, Cleveland.
2004 Spanish courts against violence to women established.
2009 Hedy Epstein started fast for Gaza March, Cairo 10 AM.
2009 Tal al-Mallouhi of Homs, Syria, age 17, was jailed for blogging, later accused of spying, and sentenced to 5 years.