Women peacemakers born today
1805 Jeanne Deroin born Paris, France (d. 1894). Feminist pioneer and Saint Simonian socialist. Revolutionary leader, 1848. First woman to run for national office, 1849. Imprisoned for socialist views, 1851.
1930 Odetta born Birmingham, AL (d. 2008). "Voice of the Civil Rights Movement." African-American folk musician for peace and civil rights; opposed Vietnam War.
1938 Monica Sjöö born Härnösand, Västernorrland, Sweden (d. 2005). Swedish radical anarcho-feminist, ecologist, author, and painter. Active in anti-Vietnam War movement. Joined 100 Greenham Peace Camp women in pilgrimage to Stonehenge, 1985.
1939 Audrey Brown Burton born New Orleans, LA. African-American peacemaker; founded Institute for Inner Development for ex-cons, New York; Unity Walk, Richmond, VA, 1993.
1957 Prisca Matimba Nyambe born Zambia. Judge International Criminal Court ad litem 2004, full member 2009; counsel to court on Rwanda 2002-6; mission to Dem. Rep. Congo for UN Human Rights Commission 2007; dissented in genocide conviction of Tolimir, 2012.
1976 Marla Ruzicka born Lakeport, CA (d. 2005). American aid worker; Founded CIVIC, Camp for Innocent Victims of Conflict, 2003.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1901 Founding of Fraternal Union of Women, France.
1918 Marie Equi convicted of sedition for opposing World War I after the end of the war; served year and a half in San Quentin Prison.
1990 Dr. Yolanda Huet-Vaughn went AWOL from Ft. Riley, KS in protest of Gulf War. She later served eight months of a 30-month prison sentence.
1990 Iraqi women sat in at US embassy to protest seizure of women's peace ship, Baghdad.
2007 Kathy Kelly and Mona Shaw arrested at Des Moines office of Rep. Mike Huckabee with sign "Who Would Jesus Bomb?"
2009 Kathleen Crocetti mural in Gaza: "Women Say Free Gaza"