Women peacemakers born today
1831 Anna White born Brooklyn, NY (d. 1910). Shaker eldress and reformer; vice president Alliance of Women for Peace.
1928 Helen Chavez born Brawley, CA. Nonviolent advocate for farm workers; inspired her husband, César; arrested four times for civil disobedience; jailed 3 days for shouting, "Huelga!"
1928 Rita Steinhagen (d. 2006). Catholic nun; medical technician; volunteer Witness for Peace Nicaragua; twice arrested in protest against School of Americas, 1996; sentenced to 6 months prison, 1997. Founded the Minneapolis-based Bridge organization for runaway youth, 1971.
1952 Emily Lau Wai-hing born Hong Kong. Journalist and politician; pro-democracy advocate. Chair of Democratic Party, 2012. Arrested for democracy protests, 1996, 2014.
Women's peacemaking on this day
Feast Day of Blessed Cristina of Assisi (d. 1258), companion of St. Claire.
304 Martyrdom of St. Agnes of Rome (281-304), who repelled rapists by nonviolence.
1980 Women for Peace founded, Norway.
1984 Women's resistance camp set up at Netherlands Volkel airbase to protest nearby stationing of nuclear weapons.
2007 Seema Dhundia led UN's all-female peacekeeping force into Liberia.
2012 British Ambassador Julie Chappell organized 12,000-person human chain at Volcan de Agua to protest Guatemalan domestic violence.
2014 Under the sponsorship of UN Women, Women of Syria came together in Geneva to issue an online video appealing for peace.