Adele Faccio

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Adele Faccio born Pontebba, Udine, Italy November 13, 1920 (d. 2007). Radical Italian reformer; partisan resister WWII. Icon of reproductive freedom. Arrested for abortion protest, 1975. Parliamentary delegate of nonviolent Gandhian Radical Party, 1976-83, 1987-92. Co-founded anti-militarist League for Disarmament, 1978.

Quotations

All children are born doing ue ue, but you are born screaming no!” (Corriere della sera, Feb. 10, 2007; photo dat.camera.it)

Mildred Osterhout Fahrni

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Mildred Osterhout Fahrni born Rapid City, Canada January 2, 1900 (d. 1992). Gandhian; Socialist; absolute pacifist; friend of Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. Leader of FOR and WILPF; opposed World War II; worked with pacifist Dukhobors.

Quotations

"Love is the Basis of World Peace" (Dukhobor Inquirer, Nov. 1952; photo http://bit.ly/zmwMWb)

Frances Farenthold

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Frances “Sissy” Farenthold (née Tarlton) born Corpus Christi, TX October 2, 1926. Politician, lawyer, peace activist; opposed Vietnam War 1969, as only Texas legislator to reject commending Johnson; President Wells College 1976-80; active in aid to El Salvador 1982; leader of Third World Women’s Project; solidarity visits to women’s peace camps Greenham, Comiso, Seneca 1983; sponsored Peace Tent Nairobi 1985; arrested for trespass at South African consulate Houston for Apartheid protest 1985; co-founded Women for a Meaningful Summit 1986; member WILPF, winning its Jane Addams Award 2000; opposed Iraq War, torture.

Quotations

On Nixon’s war, 1973: We cannot remain a free republic at home and an arrogant empire abroad.”

Feminist logic expands the meaning of logic in that it involves persons and the human context in its knowing. It also honors such non-logical faculties as imagination, vision, and emotion. There is a woeful lack of imagination in U.S. foreign policy. Imagination invites one to envision possibilities other than the status quo. We have had the expansion of 'respectable thought' to include imagination and vision. Actually, they offer the world peace in the only place it can begin:  the heart, the mind, and the dream.” (“Women’s Search for Peace”, 1988, Univ. Iowa archives; photo law.utexas.edu)

Shirley Farlinger

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Shirley Farlinger (née Tabb) born Toronto, Ontario, Canada January 24, 1930 (d. 2012). Canadian peace activist; poet and playwright; leader in Canadian Voice of Women (VOW), Pugwash Science for Peace; an editor Peace Magazine.

Quotations

There are so many people of good will around the world and so many difficulties to be overcome that I think we will eventually see the end of war.” (McMaster Univ. presentation, Nov. 11, 2002; photo humphreymiles.com)

Marge Farmer

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Marge Farmer (née Marjorie A. Squire) born September 29, 1928. Montessori teacher; founded Comité Hispano Montessori, Omaha, NE. Established Fundacion Corazon (Foundation with a Heart), Nicaragua; offered aid to Central American war refugees; participated in civil disobedience against SAC.

Quotations

"We have no children, but hope that our progeny will be peace, justice and love in the world." (War Resisters League 1991 Calendar, July 28; port. by husband, Bill, timmcmahan.com)

Mia Farrow

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Mia Farrow born Los Angeles, CA February 9, 1945. American actress and humanitarian. As UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, active in campaign for African children’s welfare, 2000. Campaigned against Darfur war, 2007; offered herself in exchange for captive UN worker, 2007. Narrated documentary on reconciliation in Rwanda As We Forgive, 2009; undertook 12-day fast for Darfur, 2013.

Quotations

I am therefore offering to take Mr Jamous's place, to exchange my freedom for his in the knowledge of his importance to the civilians of Darfur and in the conviction that he will apply his energies toward creating the just and lasting peace that the Sudanese people deserve and hope for.” (Aug. 6, 2007; photo Wikipedia)

Margarethe Fass-Hardegger

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Margarethe Fass-Hardegger born Bern, Switzerland February 20, 1882 (d. 1963). Swiss union organizer. Militant feminist, anti-militarist, and suffragist. Co-founded Socialist League. Led first women’s strike. Arrested twice for advocating birth control; sentenced to one year in prison. Founded three anarchist communes. Advocated abolition of Swiss army.

Quotations

I devoted myself to a single purpose: Together with like-minded comrades to build this new society—to show you how to live together, cooperating without a wage system, without suppression—just in freedom.” (Farewell speech to union, March 31, 1909; photo margarethe-hardegger.ch)

Klara Marie Fassbinder

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Klara Marie Fassbinder born Trier, Germany February 15, 1890 (d. 1974). German radical pacifist; author; educator. Fired by Nazis for opposing anti-Jewish policies; fired by postwar government for opposing rearmament. Proponent of German reunification; co-founded West German Women’s Peace Association, 1952. Opposed both World Wars, Cold War policies, nuclear stockpiling, and the Vietnam War.

Jennifer Fasulo

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Jennifer Ann Fasulo born Schenectady, NY February 12, 1967 (d. 2010). Human rights activist; opposed wars in Middle East; supported women of Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan. Co-founded Solidarity with Organization of Women's Freedom in Iraq (SOWFI), 2004.

Quotations

"Where is the outrage at the crimes against women's humanity that are being promulgated all over the world and bolstered by U.S. aggression and occupation?" (letter to WBAI, April 24, 2004; photo Bataille Socialiste)

Crystal Bird Fauset

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Crystal Bird Fauset born Princess Anne, MD June 27, 1893 (d. 1965). First female Black state legislator in US 1938; founded Africa House New York, c. 1955; co-founded UN Council of Philadelphia; headed American Friends Service Committee section of interracial section 1927.

Quotations

"[My purpose is] in having people of other racial groups understand the humanness of the Negro wherever he is found." (blackpast.org; photo Wikipedia)

Anne Feeney

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Anne Feeney born Charleroi, PA July 1, 1951. American singer and activist lawyer; album Wild Wimmin for Peace: The Great Peace March, 1986; active protests against Vietnam War and Apartheid; arrested 1972 Miami protesting Nixon’s nomination; arrested 2017 Day Without a Woman.

Quotations

On the Iraq War: "[With] a lifelong commitment to issues of peace and social justice. I feel we're on the brink of global war." (post-dispatch.com, Oct. 2, 2002)

Was it Cesar Chavez? Maybe it was Dorothy Day?
Some will say Dr. King or Gandhi set them on their way
No matter who your mentors are it's pretty plain to see
That, if you've been to jail for justice, you're in good company

(“Have You Been to Jail for Justice?”, 1999; photo Sisterhood)

Marsha Feinland

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Marsha Feinland born Far Rockaway, NY May 21, 1949. Peace and Freedom candidate for President 1996; teacher, union leader; won 243,407 votes for US Senate 2004 calling for withdrawal from Iraq and Middle East, abolishing nuclear weapons.

Quotations

Over 1,000 U.S. soldiers have been killed in Iraq. Countless civilians have perished, adding to the toll from Afghanistan, Colombia, and other sites of endless war. Our government is not helping to establish democracy, but rather is fueling the battles with our unwanted presence. I say, 'Bring the troops home now!' . . .As a Jewish American, I chose to run for U.S. Senate partly as an act of conscience in support of the rights of Palestinians in Israel and the occupied territories. The wall which impedes people from conducting a normal life must come down. Israel should abandon the settlements and retreat to its pre-1967 borders. I do not condone any violence against civilians, and favor full rights for all people in any state.” (Peace & Freedom Party, 2004; photo peaceandfreedom 2012)

Millicent Fenwick

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Millicent Hammond Fenwick born New York, NY February 25, 1910 (d. 1992). Politician; diplomat; described by Walter Cronkite as "the Conscience of Congress." US Representative, 1972-84; opposed Vietnam War, capital punishment and military spending. Helped establish the Commision on Security and Cooperation in Europe, which oversaw European human rights affairs, 1976. US Ambassador to UN Food & Agricultural Organization (FAO), 1983-87.

Irene Fernandez

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Irene Fernandez born Kedah, Malaysia April 18, 1942 (d. 2014). Malaysian human rights activist. Founded Tenaganita (“Women Force”), 1991. Arrested for exposing torture and abuse of immigrants, 1996; given one year sentence, released on bail. Received Right Livelihood Award, 2005.

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"[T]here is no such thing as ‘illegal’ human beings. For me, the whole world belongs to all of us. We are one earth." (Sun Daily, July 30, 2005)

Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega

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Maria Teresa Fernández de la Vega born Valencia, Spain June 15, 1946. First woman vice-president of Spain 2004; Doctor of Law, author of "Human Rights in Council of Europe"; celebrated International Women's Day 2006 with first forum "Spain-Africa: Women for a better world"; led Socialist government which withdrew from Iraq 2004 and announced plan for Palestinian peace 2006; set up courts for violence against women 2004.

Quotations

"Now, Spain is leading the way in equal rights." (UK Times, Nov. 29, 2006; photo revistavanityfair.es)

Solange Fernex

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Solange Fernex born Strasbourg, France April 15, 1934 (d. 2006). French biologist; WILPF leader; Gandhian nonviolent protester; member of European Parliament, 1989-94. Tented outdoors five months against French nuclear plant, 1975; underwent 40-day "Fast for Life" for nuclear disarmament, Paris, 1983; co-founded Green Party, 1983; opposed sending NATO to Balkans.

Quotations

"NATO is not the solution, it is part of the problem." (Peacework, March 24, 1999; photo nuclear-free.com)