Women peacemakers born today
1480 Margaret of Austria born Brussels, Belgium (d. 1530). Regent of the Netherlands; poet and patron of arts and architecture; negotiated the Treaty of Cambrai, called the "Peace of the Ladies," with Louise of Savoy, 1529.
1932 Helga Tempel born Hamburg, Germany. Quaker pacifist; counselor on conscientious objection. Co-founded Action Group for Nonviolence, 1956; co-founded World Peace Brigade Beirut, 1962. Awarded Olaf Palne Peace Prize, 1988.
1884 Mathilde Vaerting born Messingen, Lower Saxony (d. 1977). German professor of education; psychologist; authority on gender differences. Showed that dominance by either sex could cause war; fired and banned by Nazis, 1933.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1915 Jane Addams and Carrie Chapman Catt founded Woman's Peace Party at the Willard Hotel, Washington, DC.
1917 Alice Paul organized the first White House vigil and the first women's pickets in history, which continued for 2 1/2 years.
1946 Eleanor Roosevelt appointed as US delegate to the first UN General Assembly.
1996 Kathy Shields Boylan sentenced to four months jail for pouring blood on atom bomber "Enola Gay."
2015 Korean-American singer and author Shin Eun-mi deported from South Korea for making favorable remarks about North Korea.