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.

  • 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.