Women peacemakers born today
1844 Maria Pognon (née Rengnet) born Honfleur, France (d. 1925). French journalist; radical feminist, pacifist, and socialist. Co-founded International Union of Women for Peace, 1895; International Association of Journalist Friends of Peace, 1897. President, French League for Women (LFDF), 1893-1904.
1892 Marie Lous-Mohr born Mandal, Norway (d. 1973). Norwegian nonviolent resister; International President of WILPF, 1952-56. Spent two years in Nazi concentration camp for disobeying Nazi teaching instructions.
1902 Kay Boyle born St. Paul, MN (d. 1992). Nonviolent peace activist. Author of more than 40 books of non-fiction, fiction, poetry, short stories, and children's literature. Blacklisted by major periodical publications during McCarthy era.
1919 Hema Bharali born Assam, India. Gandhian Sarvodaya leader; Assam earthquake relief, 1950; leader in Bhave’s Bhodan movement, 1951; postwar relief, 1962.
1946 Karen Silkwood born Longwood, TX (d. 1974). Anti-nuclear activist; chemist; union leader. Revealed plutonium hazards at Crescent, OK Kerr-Magee plant that courts later found to be true.
1965 Danielle de Picciotto born Tacoma, WA. American-German singer, filmmaker; co-founder of first and largest Love Parade, West Berlin 1989, for “peace, joy and pancakes.”
1995 Faith Meckley born Geneva, NY. Environmental activist; college journalism student. Participated in Great March for Climate Action, May 2014, and Keystone protest, Washington D.C., August 2014; arrested for trespassing in protest against fracking, Seneca Lake, 2014.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1942 Norwegian teachers began resistance to Nazi teaching instructions.
2014 Premiere of Nobel Women’s Initiative film Partners for Peace, chronicling women Nobelists' mission to Palestine.
2014 South Sudan women protested war. “All we ask for is peace so that we can go back to our lives.”