January 17

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.”