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.