Women peacemakers born today
1879 Sarojini Naidu born Hyderabad, India (d. 1949). Nonviolent activist for Indian independence; patriot; politician; poet known as "The Nightingale of India." Second female president of Indian National Congress, 1925.
1881 Eleanor Farjeon born Westminster, London (d. 1965). Pacifist English poet and children’s storyteller. Leading poet of post-World War generation.
1887 Lella Secor Florence born Battle Creek, MI (d. 1966). Militant pacifist; journalist. Served as reporter aboard Henry Ford Peace Ship, 1915; war resister during World War I; co-founded Emergency Peace Federation, 1917. Member of British chapter of WILPF.
1905 Ra’ana Liaquat Ali Khan born Almora, Uttarakhand, India (d. 1990). “Mother of Pakistan”. Diplomat and stateswoman; professor of economics. First First Lady of Pakistan, 1947-51; first Muslim woman delegate to the UN, 1952. Ambassador to Netherlands, 1954-61, Italy, 1966. Awarded UN Human Rights Prize, 1978.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1689 William and Mary assumed the British throne following the bloodless Glorious Revolution.
1907 51 Suffragists arrested for march on Parliament. “Rise Up Women!—Now!”
1915 In Amsterdam, pacifist women came together to make 12 resolutions to end World War I.
1953 Following Gandhi's urging, Welthy Honsinger Fisher founded Saksharta Niketan literacy school in Allahabad to train educators.
1967 2,500 members of the organization Women Strike for Peace demonstrated at the Pentagon.
1979 Grace Paley fined $100 for displaying anti-nuke banner on White House lawn, Sept. 4, 1978. "No Nuclear Weapons—No Nuclear Power—USA and USSR"
1991 International Network of Women in Emergency Management convened a meeting in response to the Gulf War at WILPF's Geneva headquarters.
2013 Mary Anne Grady Flores arrested at Hancock AFB for Ash Wednesday drone protest; sentenced to one year in prison.