Women peacemakers born today
1828 Phebe Anna Thorne born Millbrook, NY (d. 1909). Quaker minister; philanthropist; absolute pacifist. 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.
1944 Frances Moore Lappé born Pendleton, OR. Author; activist; advocate for social change and sustainable living. Wrote best-selling book Diet for a Small Planet, 1971. Recipient of Right Livelihood Award, 1987.
1946 Louise Arbour born Montreal, Canada. 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.
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.
1974 In a victory for the primarily Chicana labor force, the two-year strike and boycott campaign against Farah Textiles ended.
2014 WILPF arranged a meeting for Syrian and Bosnian women to discuss peace, Sarajevo.
2015 Centre on Women, Peace & Security established at London School of Economics.