February 10

Women peacemakers born today

  • 1828 Phebe Anna Thorne born Millbrook, NY (d. 1909). Quaker minister; philanthropist; absolute pacifist. Opposed Spanish American and Boer Wars; advocated arbitration; first Directress of job assistance organization Friends Employment Society, 1902.

  • 1886 Raicho Hiratsuka born Tokyo, Japan (d. 1971). Pioneering Japanese feminist. Founded and edited first Japanese women’s journal, Bluestocking, 1911. Undertook peace mission to US on outbreak of Korean War asking for Japan to remain pacifist and neutral, 1950.

  • 1944 Frances Moore Lappé born Pendleton, OR. Author; activist; advocate for social change and sustainable living. Graduate of Quaker Earlham College, 1966. Wrote best-selling book Diet for a Small Planet, 1971. Recipient of Right Livelihood Award, 1987.

  • 1946 Louise Arbour born Montreal, Canada. Chief Prosecutor of Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, 1996-99; Canadian Supreme Court Justice, 1999-2004; UN Commissioner for Human Rights, 2004-08; Nobel Peace Prize nominee, 2005.

  • 1954 Gael Murphy born Paris, France. Former Foreign Service Officer, aid worker, and Peace Corps volunteer. American co-founder and international coordinator of social justice organization Code Pink. Coordinated Women's Peace Vigil, 2002; arrested for protest at Republican National Convention, 2004.

Women's peacemaking on this day

  • Feast day of St. Austreberta (630-704) Threatened with a sword, bared her neck to welcome the blade and stopped the assault.
  • 1947 First session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women held.
  • 1974 In a victory for the primarily Chicana labor force, the two-year strike and boycott campaign against Farah Textiles ended.