December 29

Women peacemakers born today

  • 1871 Ellen Horup born Copenhagen (d. 1953). Danish Gandhian; opposed NATO, Korean War.

  • 1888 Laura Jamieson born Park Head, Ontario (d. 1964). Judge; journalist; politician; feminist; Socialist leader of WILPF.

  • 1893 Vera Brittain born Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire (d. 1970). Pacifist author; Socialist; feminist; leader of British Fellowship of Reconciliation.

  • 1938 Kathy Kohlhas Knight. Nonviolent Catholic activist; Director of Catholic Connection, Boston; opposed Vietnam War.

  • 1951 Carmen Magallón Portales born Alcañiz, Teruel, Aragon, Spain. Spanish professor of physics and chemistry, specializing in women and peace. Director Research Seminar Foundation for Peace 2003; president Spanish WILPF 2011; co-founded Zaragosa Women in Black; co-publisher of magazine En Pie de Paz.

  • 1966 Mary Anne Grady Flores. Arrested for repeated drone protests at Hancock AFB, sentenced to one year in prison.

  • 1973 Radha Paudel born Chitwan, Nepal. Nurse during Nepalese civil war; founder and president of Action Works Nepal (AWON). Recipient of N-Peace Award, 2012.

Women's peacemaking on this day

  • 1977 Sandra Lovelace filed protest with UN Human Rights Committee for loss of Indian status.

  • 1989 Women’s Day for Peace Jerusalem: 5,000 Women in Black marched with slogan “Women Go for Peace.”

  • 1992 Nela Pamuković founded the Center for Women War Victims (CWWV), Zagreb.

  • 2000 In Jerusalem, Coalition of Women for Peace and Bat Shalom held mass rally, vigil, and march to protest occupation and militarism.

  • 2009 Three Wisconsin women arrested at Ft. McCoy for antiwar protest: Gail Vaughn, Bonnie L. Urfer, and Cassandra Dixon. "It’s time to stop the slaughter, bring the Guard home so they won’t have to chase these demons for the rest of their lives."