February 5

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!”