December 5

Women peacemakers born today

  • 1890 Mildred Scott Olmsted born Glenolden, PA (d. 1990). Quaker peace activist; delivered Quaker relief in Germany, 1919; WILPF US national organization secretary, 1935; WILPF Executive Director, 1954-66.

  • 1902 Mary Guillian Smieton born Cambridge, England (d. 2005). International personnel expert; UN Undersecretary, 1946; first Director of UN Personnel, 1946; board of International Civil Service Commission; UK representative to UNESCO, 1968.

  • 1961 Maria Nicoletta Gaida born Tacoma, WA. Italian-American actress. Founded Ara Pacis Initiative, Rome, 2009.

Women's peacemaking on this day

  • 1983 Expert Meeting on Women & Peace, Vienna, through 9th.

  • 1983 Trial of Puget Sound Women for talking to Boeing workers.

  • 1999 Peace activist Helen Clark elected New Zealand Prime Minister.

  • 2000 Three women arrested in Nashua, NH for protest against British Aerospace.

  • 2005 Reta Kaur sentenced for Melbourne protest.

  • 2005 Diane Wilson arrested in Houston for environmental protest.

  • 2016 Uruguay held Arria-formula (informal) meeting of UN Security Council to discuss peacemaking by women.