Women peacemakers born today
1801 Abigail Hopper Gibbons born Philadelphia, PA (d. 1893). Quaker abolitionist; prison reformer.
1815 Elizabeth Hussey Whittier born Haverhill, MA (d. 1864). Quaker pacifist; poet; abolitionist; founder of Female Anti-Slavery Society, Boston, 1833; mobbed, 1835; sister of poet.
1876 Willa Cather born Winchester, VA (d. 1947). Author; awarded Pulitzer Prize for antiwar novel One of Ours, 1922.
1932 Sheena Duncan (née Sinclair) born Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 2010). South African anti-Apartheid leader, succeeded mother Jean Sinclair, as head of Black Sash 1975-, 1983-6; pacifist promoting nonviolent liberation; arrested 1986 for praying at parliament for black mourners; active in End Conscription campaign.
1935 Harriet Nahanee (née Jones) AKA Tseybeyotl born Pacheedaht tribe, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada (d. 2007). Canadian indigenous rights activist; died soon after release from 2 weeks in jail for Sky-to-Sky highway protest.
1937 Nikki Nojima Louis born Seattle, WA. Japanese-American interned during World War II; WILPF playwright, "Word of Mouth: Speaking & Singing for Peace" & "Most Dangerous Women."
1941 Melba Pattillo Beals born Little Rock, AR. One of Little Rock Nine who integrated Central High School nonviolently, 1955; later earned doctorate in education; journalist.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1900 Emily Hobhouse set sail to South Africa to aid Boers during Second Boer War.
1921 Basanti and Urmila Devi arrested for selling khadi (home-produced cloth), Calcutta.
1922 "Conference for a New Peace" Emergency Peace Conference at The Hague called by WILPF, chaired by Jane Addams.
1943 Focolare Peace Movement founded.
1983 Cynthia Nelson made statement to court in Boeing trial.
1984 Imane Khalifeh awarded Alternative Nobel Prize for work in Lebanon war.
2011: Cambodian Women’s Hearing on Sexual Violence under Khmer Rouge, Phnom Penh.