Women peacemakers born today
1805 Angelina Grimké Weld born Charleston, SC (d. 1879). Garrisonian abolitionist; nonviolent pacifist; Quaker women's rights speaker.
1882 Margarethe Fass-Hardegger born Bern, Switzerland (d. 1963). Swiss union organizer. Militant feminist, anti-militarist, and suffragist. Co-founded Socialist League. Led first women’s strike. Arrested twice for advocating birth control; sentenced to one year in prison. Founded three anarchist communes. Advocated abolition of Swiss army.
1941 Buffy Sainte-Marie born Saskatchewan, Canada. Canadian First Nation (Cree) singer; adherent of Bahá'í faith of international peace. Her song "Universal Soldier" protested the Vietnam War, 1963.
1959 Sim Sang-jung born Paju, South Korea. Leader of opposition Justice Party 2015; Labor organizer; feminist; presidential candidate 2017 won 7%; favors non-nuclear peninsula; opposes THAAD missile defense.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1957 UN General Assembly approved Convention on Nationality of Women.
1983 Petra Kelly advanced the German Green Party's Nuremberg Appeal, opposing nuclear weapons.
1985 "Peace Exercises" protest of Songsters Opposed to Nuclear Genocide, in New Haven, Connecticut.
1995 Four women arrested at Livermore Lab for climbing fence to protest violations of Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.
1996 First performance of Raging Grannies, Olympia, WA.
“Oh, we are a gaggle of grannies
Urging you off your fannies
We’re raising our voice
We’re sick of your toys
NO MORE WAR!”