December 31

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"