Women peacemakers born today
399 Pulcheria born Constantinople (d. 453). Empress of Eastern Roman Empire; influenced peace with Attila the Hun, 450.
1856 Margaret Ashton born Withington, Manchester, England (d. 1937). Suffragist; pacifist. First woman to serve as City Councilor, Manchester, 1908. Barred from attending Hague Women's Peace Conference, 1915; founding member of WILPF.
1940 Mary Burton born Buenos Aires, Argentina. Commissioner of South African Truth & Human Rights, 1995; Head of Black Sash 1986-90.
1951 Phyllis Bennis born Los Angeles, CA. American journalist and author; peace activist; opponent of Israeli occupation and Gaza war; began activism opposing Vietnam War, supporting Civil Rights movement, 1969. Head of New Internationalism Project at Institute for Policy Studies (IPS); founded U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, 2002; opposed US imperialism, esp. Iraq and Afghan Wars, Libya intervention, ISIS bombing.
1952 Helen Mack Chang born Retalhuleu, Guatemala. Human rights activist; challenged Guatemalan justice system.
1953 Sylvia Steiner born Saõ Paulo, Brazil. Judge of International Criminal Court, 2002; presiding judge over war crimes trial of Jean-Pierre Bemba for charges of mass rape in Central African Republic.
Women's peacemaking on this day
- 1843 Dorothea Dix presented Memorial to the Legislature of Massachusetts on treatment of the insane in state facilities.
1915 In Stockholm, Anna Whitlock assumed leadership of Central Committee for Women’s Peace meetings.
1981 Women marched around the White House, marking revival of feminist militancy.
2015 NGO WoMin held South African exchange "Women Stand their Ground Against Big Coal" in Stay City, Berea, Johannesburg.