Women peacemakers born today
1875 Františka Plamínková born Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 1942). Pioneering Czech feminist; teacher; WILPF member. Elected to Czech National Assembly as senator, 1925; delegate to League of Nations, 1931; jailed by Nazis, 1939, 1942; executed by firing squad without trial, 1942.
1894 Katherine Arnett (d. 1984). Associate Secretary of American WILPF, 1964; treasurer of Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors opposing Korean War, 1968.
1922 Hanna Newcombe born Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 2011). Quaker; chemist; educator. Founded the Canadian Peace Research Institute, 1961; Canadian delegate to UN, 1982; awarded Pearson Medal of Peace, 1997.
1975 Lisa J. Shannon born Portland, OR. Human rights activist and author. Founded Run for Congo Women, 2005; co-founded Sister Somalia rape crisis center, 2011.
Women's peacemaking on this day
250 AD St. Agatha of Catania martyred; Sicilian noblewoman resisted assault in brothel.
1932 Petition for Nonviolence presented to World Disarmament Conference Geneva by Women's Peace Union and Total Disarmament Now Committee.
1948 UN Women's Guild founded.
2015 Nurse Helen Schietinger arrested for speaking out against torture during a House Armed Services Committee hearing on Guantanamo Bay. “Give them the rights of prisoners of war!”