Women peacemakers born today
1810 Abby Kelley Foster born Pelham, MA (d. 1887). Quaker orator; tax resister; abolitionist; suffragist. Co-founded world's first nonviolent society, the New England Non-Resistance Society.
1860 Katharine Bement Davis born Buffalo, NY (d. 1935). Economist; penal reformer; acclaimed for Sicily earthquake relief, 1909; opponent of international white slave trade.
1883 Kathleen Innes born Reading, England (d. 1967). Quaker; British WILPF leader; WILPF international co-chair, 1937; author and speaker on League of Nations and disarmament.
1914 Sylvia Johnstone Easton born Alberta, Canada (d. 1990). Human rights leader; advocate for aboriginal Canadians and the homeless.
1925 Mirta Acuña de Barravalle born Argentina. Human rights activist; one of founding 14 Mothers of the Plaza of May 1977 whose pregnant daughter disappeared; also founder of Grandmothers of the Plaza.
1945 Concepcion Picciotto born Vigo, Spain (d. 2016). Maintained the longest-running US peace vigil, located outside the White House, from 1981 until her death.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1921 Harriot Stanton Blatch led the New England Women's Club to declare resolution, "[T]he commanding cause of ours is the war against war."
1962 Ruth Gage-Colby organized the first, and largest, international protest by Women Strike for Peace, as 3,000 women marched in the rain to White House.
1965 Quebec-Guantanamo Walkers, including Barbara Deming, released from Albany, GA jail after nonviolent protest.
1968 5,000 women of Jeannette Rankin Brigade march on Washington, DC in, "call to American women to end the Vietnam War."
1969 In New York, 1,000 Women Strike for Peace members picketed the Hotel Pierre, demanding that Nixon stop the war.
1983 44 Greenham women sentenced to 14 days jail for dancing on missile silos.
2006 Michelle Bachelet elected president of Chile.