Patricia Giles

Overview

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Patricia Giles (née White) born Minlaton, Australia November 16, 1928 (d. 2017). Australian legislator and nurse midwife. First president of World Women Parliamentarians for Peace, 1985; chair of UN Global Commission on Women’s Health, 1993-96; three-time president of International Alliance of Women, 1996–2002. Led Australian delegation to UN Women’s Year. Supported Women’s Peace Camp, Canberra.

Quotations

[A] career in politics can be civilised and rewarding; that it provides a unique opportunity to influence people and events, and to serve one's country and its people; and that it can be constructive, rewarding and even fun.” (quoted by Senator George Brandis in Senate, Aug. 10, 2017; photo spirit radio.com.au)

Andrée Geulen-Herscovici

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Andrée Geulen-Herscovici born Brussels, Belgium September 6, 1921. Belgian teacher. Rescued nearly 1000 Jewish children during World War II. Honored with Yad Vashem Righteous Among Nations Award, 1989.

Quotations

What I did was merely my duty. Disobeying the laws of the time was just the normal thing to do." (Haaretz, Aug. 22, 2017)

To a German, asking if she wasn’t ashamed to teach Jews: “Aren’t you ashamed to make war on Jewish children?” (quote and photo yadvashem.org)

Aella Greene

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Aella Greene born Chester, MA May 6, 1838 (d. 1902). American journalist and poet; historian of underground railroad. Opposed US imperialism in mock common talk.

Quotations

An’ ain’t there work enuff fer them
In Porterrek
[Puerto Rico] an’ Kuby? [Cuba]
An’is this lan’ so good that they
Vamoose earoun’ creation
Tew hunt fer foreign tribes to save
From heathen degradation?. . .
Ye know ye grabbed them Fillerpeans
[Phillippines]
Tew make yewer kentry bigger.”

(“Springfield Republican”, Dec. 2, 1898, in Liberty Poems, p.46)

Teresa Grady

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Teresa Shaughnessy Grady born Pontiac, IL November 11, 1927 (d. 2016). Matriarch of Catholic Worker antiwar family; her daughters Mary Ann Flores, Ellen DeMott, Clare and Teresa Grady have been repeatedly arrested and imprisoned. Began opposing Vietnam War with Berrigans, supporting her husband John Peter Grady’s leadership of Camden 28 raid in draft board, 1971, and Catonsville Nine defense. (photo Ithaca Voice)

Marsha Gomez

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Marsha Gómez born Baton Rouge, LA December 24, 1951 (d. 1998). Sculptor; potter; indigenous peace activist. Co-founded Indigenous Women’s Network, 1983. Created sculpture “Mater del Mundo” for Mother’s Day protest against Nevada nuclear tests, 1988.

Quotations

The energy and spirit that go into my work result in a unique expression of respect and reverence for women, the Earth, and indigenous way of life.” (Chicana Feminisms, Apr. 20, 2012; photo marshagomez.com)

Dorothy Gibson

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Dorothy Gibson (née Alexander) born Malvern, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia July 5, 1899 (d. 1958). Australian pacifist, communist, progressive educator. Executive in prewar Victorian Council Against War and Fascism, and International Peace Campaign. Member of postwar Australian Peace Council, 1949; served in Congress for International Co-operation and Disarmament, 1959, opposing Vietnam War. (photo auscp.org.au)

Jean Grossholtz

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Jean Grossholtz born April 17, 1929. Professor of politics and women’s studies; nonviolent direct action activist. Multiple arrests for nonviolent protests, first arrested in factory protest, 1941; protested Vietnam War, 1973; anti-OAS protest, 2000; arrested for Iraq War protest; arrested at Vermont Yankee protest, 2014. Helped organize Women’s Pentagon Action, 1980; led nonviolent protest vs. G8 Summit, 2007.

Quotations

“We as women from diverse countries, religions, classes, and ethnicities reject the use of violence by any group for any reason. Violence against people is never justified. We call for peace as an end and as a means.” (Women on Life on Earth, response to 9/11 with V. Shiva, Sep. 17, 2011; photo arbeiterfotographie)

Edith Goode

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Edith Goode born Springfield, OH November 13, 1882 (d. 1970). Animal rights activist and humanitarian; feminist; suffragist. Founding member, National Women’s Party, 1916. WILPF member. Lobbied for women’s rights at UN founding San Francisco, 1945. Founding member, Humane Society, 1954; provided for humane treatment of animals in Law of Sea, 1958. Life partner of pacifist Alice Morgan Wright.

Quotations

In the long run the public attitude toward kindness, towards the obligation we all have towards animals, will determine how the animals will fare.” (Humane Society, “Goode and Wright”; photo humanesociety.org)

Zoe Genot

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Zoé Genot born Brussels, Belgium May 29, 1957. Ecology-Green member of Belgian parliament, 1999-. Advocate for Muslim rights, anti-colonialism, peace in Nuke-free Zone and Acting for Peace; opposed Gaza massacre. Arrested for invading Kleine-Brogel AFB to protest nuclear weapons, 2018.

Quotations

Nuclear weapons are not and will never be a solution.” (banner at Kleine-Brogel protest, Jun. 10, 2018; photo Geoffrey Roucourt)

Jean Gump

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Jean Gump (née Dalton) born Chicago, IL May 24, 1927 (d. 2018). Plowshares antinuclear protester. Marched at Selma, 1968. Co-founded Kalamazoo Nonviolent Opponents of War. Four years prison for painting cross in blood on Minuteman silo hatch, Missouri, 1986. Arrested for protest at OakRidge security center, 2011; arrested for two protests at Morton Thiokol, Chicago; also Motorola, SAG Elmhurst.

Quotations

I actually felt that disarmament begins with disarming a weapon, similar to Rosa Parks started desegregation on a bus.” (bylifetoday, April 26, 2018; photo nuclear resister)

Tulsi Gabbard

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Tulsi Gabbard born Leloaloa, American Samoa April 12, 1981. Politician. Army Major; served two tours in Iraq War, 2004-06. Took part in peacekeeping training with Indonesian Army, 2011. Elected US Representative for Hawaii, 2012. First US national figure to oppose war in Syria, 2015.

Quotations

The war to overthrow Assad is counter-productive because it actually helps ISIS and other Islamic extremists achieve their goal of overthrowing the Syrian government of Assad and taking control of all of Syria—which will simply increase human suffering in the region, exacerbate the refugee crisis, and pose a greater threat to the world. Also, the war to overthrow Assad is illegal because Congress never authorized it.” (press release, Nov. 19, 2015; photo Wikipedia)

Matilda Joslyn Gage

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Matilda Joslyn Gage born Cicero, NY March 25, 1826 (d. 1898). Feminist; suffragist leader and historian. Co-author of "Declaration of Rights of the Women of the United States" with Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, presented at Philadelphia Centennial, 1876. Organized International Council of Women, 1888.

Quotations

“There is a word sweeter than Mother, Home, or Heaven; that word is Liberty.” (her epitaph, Fayetteville NY; photo Wikipedia)

Zehava Gal-On

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Zehava Schnipitzky Gal-On born Vilnius, Lithuania January 4, 1956. Israeli politician. Member of the Knesset (Israeli legislative body), 1999-present; member of human rights organization B'Tselem, supporting evacuation of West Bank, and right of return. Served five-day prison term for organizing demonstration against the demolition of Qalqilyah homes; opposed second Lebanon war, 2006; opposed Gaza invasion, 2014.

Quotations

"War has not defeated terrorism anywhere. That is why you have to conduct a parallel diplomatic process." (Al-Monitor, July 23, 2014)

"We want the only possible peace: Peace on the basis of the '67 lines and a division of sovereignty in Jerusalem." (Haaretz, July 24, 2014; photo Haaretz)

Kek Galabru

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Kek Galabru born Phnom Penh, Cambodia October 4, 1942. Helped end civil war, 1991; founded Cambodian human rights organization LICADHO, 1992.

Quotations

"[F]or me courage means that despite the intimidation of the ruling party, you do something good for the people, for the grassroots, for your country." (Kerry Kennedy interview; photo http://bit.ly/yspA6l

Zona Gale

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Zona Gale born Portage, WI August 26, 1874 (d. 1938). American novelist, playwright and essayist; pacifist opposed to World War I; anti-war novel Heart's Kindred (1915) featured women's appeals for peace; against capital punishment; friend of Jane Addams; helped draft Wisconsin Equal Rights law 1923.

Quotations

"No matter how murderin' is done, it's hell." (Heart's Kindred, p. 135, 1915)

Carmen María Gallardo Hernández

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Carmen María Gallardo Hernández born San Salvador, El Salvador November 28, 1947. Salvadorian diplomat; sponsored first International Forum on Culture of Peace, El Salvador 1993; representative to UNESCO 1992-4; Executive Director Salvadoran Foundation for Peace 1995-6; chair UN Development Program 2005; founding vice chair UN Peacebuilding Commission 2006; chair UN Commission on Status of Women 2006; first Salvadorian woman ambassador to UN 2007-12; member Core Group of International Task Force on Preventive Diplomacy 2007.

Quotations

[R]esolution 1325 was a cornerstone for an appeal for women’s equal participation in all peace and security initiatives and in post-conflict reconstruction and reconciliation. Resolution 1325 emphasized the need to boost women’s role in conflict prevention and resolution. In El Salvador’s post-conflict situation, men and women experienced peace in different ways.  In the context of armed conflict and in peacebuilding processes, one may wonder whether gender roles and relations were different, since men and women adapted differently to situations. Resolution 1325 allowed for the consideration of situations in a broad, gender-based manner.” (UN Security Council, June 19, 2008; photo Wikipedia)

Virginia Gamba

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Virginia Gamba born San Martín, Argentina April 13, 1954. Argentine professor, expert in disarmament; UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict 2017; UN Assistant Secretary for Chemical Weapons in Syria 2016; Director UN Disarmament 2012-4; Expert consultant on African Small Arms 2007-9; Director UN Inst. of Disarmament Research 1992-96.

Quotations

Disarmament and arms control help to reinforce [UN’s] primary norms—namely, the prohibition of the threat or use of force, and the duty to resolve disputes by peaceful means. All of these have to be pursued together because they are mutually reinforcing. Disarmament, peace, security, and human welfare are not alternatives—they function together to improve the quality of life on this planet.” (UN Office of Disarmament, Sept. 18, 2013; photo Univ. Central Okla.)