December 7

Women peacemakers born today

  • 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.