Women peacemakers born today
1857 M. Carey Thomas born Baltimore, MD (d. 1935). Feminist; president of Bryn Mawr College; reviver of Quaker Peace Testimony; co-founder of International Federation of University Women, 1919.
1886 Elise Ottesen-Jensen born Høyland, Norway (d. 1973). Pioneering feminist; anarcho-pacifist; founded International Planned Parenthood, 1952.
1898 Marta Vergara born Santiago, Chile (d. 1995). Chilean feminist pioneer; author and journalist. Communist; anti-imperialist opponent of US military intervention. Delegate to League of Nations. Represented Chile at Conference on Codification of International Law, 1930.
1900 Mildred Osterhout Fahrni born Rapid City, Canada (d. 1992). Gandhian; Socialist; absolute pacifist; friend of Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. Leader of FOR and WILPF; opposed World War II; worked with pacifist Dukhobors.
1982 Dalia Ziada born Cairo, Egypt. Nonviolent activist; poet. Leader of Arab Spring protests at Tahrir Square, 2011.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1243 Death of Blessed Ortolana, mother of Saints Clare and Agnes, whom she followed in Franciscan mission of peace.
1910 Mass rally at New York's Carnegie Hall, in support of 370 female garment workers who were arrested.
1913 Alice Paul founded National American Woman Suffrage Association.
1983 Italian women blocked Comiso airbase in nonviolent protest.
1996 100,000 Bangladeshi women rallied in Dacca to protest Islamist clerics' attacks on women's education and employment.
2013 Women vandalized Mumbai nightclub Bonobo for selling “rape cocktails.”