February 12

Women peacemakers born today

  • 1851 Randi Blehr born Bergen, Norway (d. 1928). Norwegian feminist and peace leader. Wife of Prime Minister Otto Blehr. Chair of Norwegian Women's Peace Association, 1903-. Co-founded Norwegian Association for Women’s Rights, 1884; served as its president, 1895-99, 1903-22.

  • 1888 Clara Campoamor born Madrid, Spain (d. 1972). Spanish feminist politician and suffrage leader. Co-founded Spanish Women’s League for Peace, 1930. Among first women elected to National Assembly, 1931. Delegate to League of Nations. Director of Public Welfare, 1933. Active in League of Women Against War and Fascism, 1933. Exiled by fascist Franco regime, 1936.

  • 1891 Hanna Rydh born Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1964). Swedish archaeologist; women's rights advocate. Delegate to League of Nations, 1938; member of Swedish parliament, 1943-44; president of International Alliance of Women, 1946-52.

  • 1934 Anne Krueger born Endicott, NY. World Bank Chief Economist, 1982-86; Acting Managing Director of IMF, 2004.

  • 1967 Jennifer Fasulo born Schenectady, NY (d. 2010). Human rights activist; opposed wars in Middle East; supported women of Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan. Co-founded Solidarity with Organization of Women's Freedom in Iraq (SOWFI), 2004.

Women's peacemaking on this day

  • 1915 In Amsterdam, Aletta Jacobs convened a meeting of the International Congress of Women in response to World War I.
  • 1972 In New York, NOW's Eastern Region Conference named Jeannette Rankin "the world's outstanding living feminist."
  • 2005 Two men murdered Sister Dorothy Stang in Anapu, Brazil during her efforts to save Amazon rainforests.
  • 2012 Bahraini authorities deported American activists Huwaida Arraf and Radhika Sainath for attempting to take part in pro-democracy protest.