February 25

Women peacemakers born today

  • 1902 Elizabeth Evans Baker born Montclair, NJ (d. 1990). Peace advocate; philanthropist. Sponsored peace programs at Juniata College, 1971, and Ohio State University, 1981.
  • 1910 Millicent Hammond Fenwick born New York, NY (d. 1992). Politician; diplomat; described by Walter Cronkite as, "the Conscience of Congress." US Representative, 1972-84; opposed Vietnam War, capital punishment and military spending. Helped establish the Commision on Security and Cooperation in Europe, which oversaw European human rights affairs, 1976. US Ambassador to UN Food & Agricultural Organization (FAO), 1983-87.

  • 1932 Mary Eoloff born (d. 2014) Quaker teacher and peace activist. Founded Minnesota Pax Christi, 1980; co-founded Peace Studies Task Force; active in Newman Overground Railroad. Protested School of the Americas; member of Middle East Peace Now; took 13 trips to Israel to adopt Mordechai Vanunu; supported people of Guatemala and Palestine. Opposed nuclear weapons.

Women's peacemaking on this day

  • 1838 Angelina Grimké issued a report on the success of nonviolence efforts. "We Abolition Women are turning the world upside-down."
  • 1984 Rooftop Protest of Greenham Women at Holloway Prison.
  • 1986 Corazon Aquino inaugurated president of Philippines following nonviolent People Power Revolution.
  • 1995 Soldiers’ Mother’s Committee of Russia held international Congress "For life and freedom" against Chechen War.

  • 1997 Rev. Cecilia Redner and Marija Fischer convicted of illegal entry in the Bofors Factory Protest. They entered the site to plant an apple tree and disarm a naval cannon destined for Indonesian military use in East Timor.

  • 2015 In Caracas, Maria Corina Machado joined a march protesting the Venezuelan government's use of deadly force against a 14-year-old student protester.