Women peacemakers born today
1810 Ernestine Rose born Piotrkow Trybunalski, Poland (d. 1892). American Jewish abolitionist and suffragist. Founded utopian human rights organization Association of All Classes of All Nations, 1835.
1865 Theodora Wilson Wilson born Kendal, Cumbria, England (d. 1941). English absolute pacifist; Quaker. Leader of war resisters. Author of 62 books, novels, and religious stories. Early member of Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR); founding member of WILPF.
1866 Emilia Broomé born Jönköping, Sweden (d. 1925). Founded Swedish Women's Peace Organization, 1898; WILPF leader; first woman in Swedish national legislature, 1914.
1888 Gertrude Carman Bussey born New York, NY (d. 1961). Philosophy professor; WILPF international president, 1949-52; author of WILPF organizational history, 1965.
1919 Celia M. Hunter born Arlington, WA (d. 2001). Quaker environmentalist and conservationist; woman pilot of warplanes during World War II. Assisted with postwar rebuilding in Finnish Lapland; won highest awards of Sierra Club and Wilderness Society.
1947 Jill Ann Boskey born Newark, NJ (d. 1999). Antiwar activist and attorney. Led 5 Women Against Daddy Warbucks in shredding draft files at Rockefeller Center, 1969. Member of Students for Democratic Society. Co-founded feminist Diana Press, Baltimore.
1949 Manuela Dviri born Padua, Italy. Italian-Israeli peace activist; author and playwright. Protested war after the death of her soldier son, 1998; received Peres Award for Peace and Reconciliation for saving Palestinian children, 2005.
1967 Masha Gessen born Moscow. Russian-American activist and journalist; chronicler of nonviolent protests.
1968 Farah Pandith born Srinigar, India. Appointed first US State Dept. Special Representative to Muslim Communities, 2009.
1976 Nariman Tamimi born Palestine. Nonviolent resister to Israeli occupation at Nabi Saleh; repeatedly arrested and beaten.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1897 Mrs. R.C. Alexander rescued Gandhi from mob, Durban.
1915 First meeting of Fellowship of Reconciliation, London. Lucy Gardner served as Secretary.
1919 22 suffragettes arrested in Watchfire protest, Washington DC.
2013 22 South Korean women’s groups declared: “We want a nuclear-free peaceful world. . . Nuclear security must start with the elimination of nuclear weapons.”
2014 Syrian women demanded peace at Geneva. “We cannot remain silent regarding events in Syria, such as daily death, massive destruction, starvation, displacement of hundreds of thousands of families.”