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.
1953 Jane Hirshfield born Manhattan, NY. Poet, essayist, and translator. “A Peace Benediction” dedicated at Zen Concert for Peace, 2012.
1962 Fatoumata Maȉga born Gao, Mali. Malian peace activist; founding president Association des Femmes pour les Initiatives de Paix, Bamako 1998; chairwoman West Africa Network for Peacebuilding ; secretary general Peace and Security Network ECOWAS Women; head Mali PeaceWomen Across the Globe.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1911 Anna Mahé acquitted for crime of writing article as “antimilitarist mother.”
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.