Ernestine von Furth

Overview

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Ernestine von Fürth (née Kisch) born Prague, Austro-Hungary October 5, 1877 (d. 1946). Austrian feminist and suffragist. Founded New Vienna Women’s Club for suffrage. Led movement to end World War, 1917.

Quotations

This longing of the Austrian women for a negotiated peace was expressed by a considerable number of rallies which the General Austrian Women’s Union convened in the last weeks [of December 1917]. These gatherings took place in different districts of Vienna, and everywhere they were so crowded that hundreds of persons who wanted to get in had to be refused.” (Geraldine Ludbruck, Living War, Thinking Peace, p. 182; photo ofra)

Francesca Fiorentini

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Francesca Fiorentini born Rome, Italy July 21, 1967. Argentine-Italian antiwar journalist, comedian, and actress. Editor of War Resisters League magazine WIN: Through Revolutionary Nonviolence; War Times/Tiempo de Guerras.

Quotations

[W]ork against war and militarism rooted in a ‘race, class and gender’ analysis is needed more than ever.” (War Times, Sep. 30, 2014; photo sksketchfast)

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)

Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega

Overview

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)

Zlata Filipovic

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Zlata Filipović born Sarajevo December 3, 1980. Kept diary of Bosnia War, 1991-93.

Quotations

"Why is politics making us unhappy, separating us when we ourselves know who is good and who isn't? We mix the good, not with the bad. And among the good there are Serbs and Croats and Muslims, just as there are among the bad. I simply don't understand it. Of course, I'm 'young,' and politics are conducted by 'grown-ups.' But I think we 'young' would do it better. We certainly wouldn't have chosen war!" (photo UN Dialogue)

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Emmy Freundlich

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Emmy Freundlich (née Emma Kögler) born Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic June 25, 1878 (d. 1948). Austrian Social Democratic politician. Pacifist; suffragist; leader of cooperative movement. Member of Austrian National Assembly, 1919-20. Delegate and vice president, World Economic Conference, Geneva, 1927. Only woman to serve on League of Nations Economics Committee, 1928. Arrested during government crackdown on socialists, 1934; exiled, 1939. Co-founded Austrian Committee for Relief and Reconstruction, 1943. Opposed World War I.

Quotations

"Housewives denied the ballot, the shopping bag should and can be your ballot." (1913, in Andrea Ellmeier, “Frauenpolitik”; photo tagescalendaar.com)

Margaret Fuller

Overview

Margaret Fuller born Cambridgeport, MA May 23, 1810 (d. 1850). Transcendentalist poet and author; teacher at Bronson Alcott's Temple School. Pioneering feminist and supporter of Italian unity; opponent of capital punishment; co-founder of Brook Farm.

Quotations

"Yet does not love comprehend the universe? The universe is love." (Life Without, p. 350, 1858; photo UUA.com)

Annie Furuhjelm

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Annie Fredrika Furuhjelm born Novoarchangelsk, Russian Alaska December 11, 1859 (d. 1937). Finnish journalist; feminist; member of parliament, 1914-24, 1927-9; founder of WILPF.

Quotations

"In spite of differences of tradition and climate, of race, religion, and language, we feel we have all something in common." (Rupp, Worlds of Women, p. 109; photo 1859, http://bit.ly/wC7EcD)