Women peacemakers born today
1769 Elizabeth Coltman Heyrick born Leicester, England (d. 1831). Quaker pacifist; ex-army wife; radical pamphleteer; pioneering abolitionist; founder of women's reform groups; prison reformer; opponent of capital punishment and animal abuse.
1864 Edith Cavell born Swardeson, Norfolk, England (executed St. Gilles, Belgium, 1915). Nurse; executed by Germans for helping escape of Allied soldiers.
1864 Selina Cooper born Callington, Cornwall (d. 1946). Leading British suffragist; labor organizer; opposed both World Wars and draft; organizer Women's Peace Crusade, WILPF.
1919 Stella Cornelius born Sydney, Australia (d. 2011). Australian promoter of peace and conflict resolution; UN Peace Messenger; raised peace activist daughter Helena Cornelius. Founded Peace and Conflict Resolution Program of UN Association of Australia (UNAA), 1973; helped establish Media Peace Awards, 1978; founded Conflict Resolution Network, 1986, National Consultative Committee on Peace and Disarmament, 1986, and Macquarie University Centre for Conflict Resolution, 1988. Nobel Peace Prize nominee, 2005.
1928 Hebe de Bonafini born La Plata, Argentina. Co-founder of Mothers of Plaza del Mayo protesting disappearances; opposed US imperialism, saying Sept. 11 was result of US bombing Yugoslavia and Afghanistan.
1956 Margaret Arach Orech born Lira, Uganda. Lost leg to landmine, 1998; Founding Director, Uganda Landmine Survivors Association (ULSA), 2001. Ambassador for Nobel Prize organization International Campaign to Ban Landmines; Joan Kroc Woman Peacemaker, 2014.
1986 Rosa Lund born Copenhagen, Denmark. Red-Green member Danish Parliament, 2011-15; teacher; participated in Freedom Flotilla III for Gaza, 2015.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1916 Direct action by suffragists unrolling banner in Congress, interrupted President's speech.
1922 Appointment of first female career diplomat Lucille Atchison.
1990 Betsy Corner arrested in Colrain, MA for entering her home after the IRS seized it for outstanding tax debts.
2003 Mexican Deputy Foreign Minister Carmen Moreno Toscano appointed UN Director of International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women.
2007 Code Pink protesters Benjamin and Berry arrested Lahore, India.
2011 Uzbek woman Gulsumoy Abdujalilova committed suicide rather than kill for the state.