February 24

Women peacemakers born today

  • 1535 Eléanore de Roye (d. 1564). Princess of Condé; peace advocate. Negotiated Treaty of Amboise, ending wars of religion, and granting rights to Protestants, 1563.

  • 1894 Mildred White born Raisin Valley, MI (d. 1988). Quaker; teacher. Taught at Ramallah, Palestine, promoting nonviolence, 1922.

  • 1942 Margaret Ann Hercus born Hamilton, New Zealand. Law professor; politician. First Minister of Women's Affairs, 1984-87; Ambassador to UN, 1988; UN representative to Cyprus, 1998; served on panel on UN Peace Operations, 2000.

Women's peacemaking on this day

  • 1912 Elizabeth Gurley Flynn led 20,000 textile workers in Bread and Roses strike.

  • 1964 Barbara Deming was freed from an Albany, Georgia jail after 27 days to complete her Canada-to-Cuba Walk for Peace.

  • 1984 "Mrs. Mops" (charwomen protesters) broke into Cornwall satellite dish.

  • 2008 UN launched Gender Equality Architecture Reform (GEAR) campaign.