January 22

Women peacemakers born today

  • 1905 Karola Bloch born Lodz, Poland (d. 1994). Socialist; architect. Co-founded International Society Culture of Peace, 1988.

  • 1920 Chiara Lubich born Trent, Italy (d. 2008). Founded Focolare Peace Movement, 1943.

  • 1930 Hildegard Goss-Mayr born Vienna, Austria. Nonviolent peacemaker; honorary president of International Fellowship of Reconciliation. Awarded Kreisky Human Rights prize, 1979; recipient Niwano Peace Prize, 1991; nominated for Nobel Prize, 1979, 1987, 1995.

  • 1955 Mona Polacca born Arizona. Hopi elder; Havasupai treasurer. Member of International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers. Served on UN committees relating to indigenous people's issues.

Women's peacemaking on this day

  • 1857 In New Jersey, Lucy Stone's furniture (including her 3-month-old daughter's cradle) sold in protest against taxation without representation.

  • 1927 Elinor Byrns of Women's Peace Union urged US Senate hearings on nonviolence to outlaw war.

  • 1980 Nordic Women for Peace issued a declaration demanding disarmament, and urging arms spending to go towards providing food. "Women all over the world nourish the same thoughts and the same fears: Do my children have any future?"

  • 2011 In city of Sana'a, Yemeni human rights activist Tawakkol Karman seized and detained for 36 hours. "We refuse violence and know that violence has already caused our country countless problems."