January 11

Women peacemakers born today

  • 1795 Barbara Heinemann Landmann born Leitersweiler, Alsace (d. 1883). Founder of utopian pacifist community Amana Society, 1854; sole leader, 1867-83.

  • 1858 Margaret Nevinson born Leicester, England (d. 1932). British social reformer; suffragist. Co-founded nonviolent Women's Freedom League, 1907; her writings encouraged tax refusal and boycott of the 1911 census. Opposed World War I; promoted the League of Nations; vice-president of Women's Peace Crusade.

  • 1886 Alice Paul born Laurel Hill, NJ (d.1977). Quaker pacifist; suffragist; member of the National Women's Suffrage Association; later founded National Woman’s Party, 1913; organized first nonviolent pickets of the White House, 1917.

  • 1962 Susan Lindauer. Peace activist; journalist; opposed Iraq War. Arrested for alleged espionage, 2004.

Women's peacemaking on this day

  • 1982 17 women arrested at White House for burning effigy of President Reagan.

  • 1983 British court grants Greenham women right to vote from Peace Camp.

  • 2003 Guerrilla Girls exhibition “The Anti-War Show: U.S. Interventions from Korea to Iraq” at Track 16 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA.

  • 2007 Zohra Zewawi, mother of Guantanamo prisoner Omar Deghayes, protested at base for blinding her son.

  • 2008 Nepali human rights activist Uma Singh murdered and mutilated.

  • 2010 Frida Berrigan organized Washington, DC protest of failure to close Guantanamo Bay detention camp.