February 11

Women peacemakers born today

  • 1802 Lydia Maria Child born Medford, MA (d. 1880). "First Lady of the Republic." Nonviolent abolitionist; transcendentalist; author; poet; editor. Founding member, New England Non-Resistance Society, 1838.

  • 1869 Adelheid Popp born Inzersdorf, Vienna, Austria (d. 1939). Austrian feminist; suffragist; journalist. Pacifist and socialist; opposed World War I. Led first Women’s Day protest against war, 1918. Member of Parliament, 1919-34.

  • 1872 Hannah Mitchell born Hope Woodlands, England (d. 1956). British suffragist; feminist; orator. Democratic Socialist; pacifist; opposed World War I. Member of No Conscription Fellowship and WILPF; member of Manchester City Council, 1924-35; magistrate, 1926-1937.

  • 1916 Florynce Kennedy born Kansas City, KS (d. 2000). African-American radical feminist; lawyer; activist. Opposed Gulf War, Vietnam War, nuclear weapons. Member of the National Organization for Women (NOW), 1966-70.

  • 1925 Aki Kurose born Seattle, WA (d. 1998). Japanese-American Quaker and peace educator. Honored teacher of peace and nonviolence in Seattle schools. Placed in internment camp, 1942.

  • 1932 Nancy Savage Coyle. Indiana peace activist.

  • 1962 Sheryl Crow born Kennett, MO. Rock musician. Opposed nuclear weapons; voiced early opposition to Iraq War. Donated a portion of concert proceeds to UN World Food Programme, 2008.

Women's peacemaking on this day

  • 1908 54 suffragists arrested for entering Parliament from moving vans; 48 sent to prison.

  • 1911 Emma Goldman arrested in New York City for lecturing on birth control.

  • 2012 In protest of Chinese policies towards Tibet, 18-year-old Buddhist nun Tenzin Choedon died of self-immolation at Mamae convent in Sichuan, China.