Women peacemakers born today
1853 Alva Belmont born Mobile, AL (d. 1933). Women's rights activist; multi-millionaire; with Alice Paul, founded and led National Women's Party, 1916; supported first picket of White House.
1885 Emmy Hennings born Flensburg, Schleswig, Germany (d. 1948). Anti-war poet; famed cabaret performer. Fled to Zurich to found antiwar Dada movement.
1904 Irene Mensalves born Ft. Wayne, IN. Quaker pacifist; at age of 103, protested against Iraq War with Granny Peace Brigade, Baltimore 2007.
1945 Jeanette Fitzsimons born Dunedin, New Zealand. Environmentalist; first woman co-leader Green Party; member of parliament, 1996-2010. Founded Campaign for Climate Change; introduced bill to extend prohibition of nuclear weapons.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1908 Suffragettes chained themselves to the British Prime Minister's office at 10 Downing St. while chanting, "Deeds not words."
1977 Aline Boccardo founded Women for Peace, Lucerne.
1987 At Cape Canaveral, FL, 5,000 protested the initial test launch of the Trident II missile.
2014 Syrian women heard by UN Security Council. “We want peace and we want to be part of it.”