February 21

Women peacemakers born today

  • 1878 Mirra Alfassa born Paris, France (d. 1973). Follower of and successor to Indian spiritual leader Sri Aurobindo, dedicated to peace and global oneness. Known as The Mother by her disciples.

  • 1936 Barbara Jordan born Houston, TX (d. 1996). African-American civil rights activist; lawyer and politician. Member of US House of Representatives, 1973-79.

  • 1947 Tyne Daly born Madison, WI. Actress; peace activist. Participated in "The World Says No to War" before Iraq war, Washington DC, 2003; took part in March for Women's Lives, Washington DC, 2004.

Women's peacemaking on this day

  • 1838 Quaker abolitionist Angelina Grimké became the first woman to speak before an American legislature, addressing the Massachusetts House to petition against slavery.

  • 1966 Women's Response to the Rising Tide of Violence conference commenced in Philadelphia, PA.

  • 1984 Sister Stacy Lynn Merkt arrested for aiding Salvadoran refugees; sentenced to six months in prison.

  • 2014 Premiere of Universal Peace Foundation-sponsored documentary The Power of Mothers and Their Effect upon the World near UN headquarters, New York.