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.