Women peacemakers born today
1876 Beulah Marie Dix born Kingston, MA (d. 1970). American pacifist playwright, author, and screenwriter. Wrote several antiwar plays opposing WWI.
1877 Louise Van den Plas born Brussels, Belgium (d. 1968). Pacifist; founder of the Belgian Christian feminist movement.
1890 Jeanne Humbert born Romans, France (d. 1986). Militant anarchist pacifist feminist and neo-Malthusian; jailed many times for her radical views. Wrote book Against the Coming War, 1933.
1910 Doris Haddock born Laconia, NH. Walked 3200 miles from Pasadena, CA to Washington DC in support of campaign finance reform, 1999.
1924 Catherine Hamlin born Sydney, Australia. Obstetrician/gynecologist. Received Right Livelihood Award for providing Ethiopian women surgery for obstetric fistulas (often resulting from sexual violence), 2009.
1947 Ellen Thomas born Brooklyn, NY. American peace activist. Founded Proposition One against nuclear weapons, 1990; maintained Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil at White House 1984-2002. Sentenced to 3 months prison for camping in Lafayette Park, 1984.
1960 Leila Nadya Sadat born Newark, NJ. American professor of international law; authority on International Criminal Court and human rights.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1983 British Dept. of Environment restricts common land status of Greenham Common in effort to restrict protesters.
2005 Following the Orange Revolution, Yulia Tymoshenko appointed Ukrainian Prime Minister.
2011 Speaking at York University, Toronto policeman Michael Sanguinetti admonished, "women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized," inspiring world-wide Slut Walk protests.
2013 Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence ended six-week fast after Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper agreed to discuss First Nations issues.
2014 Cairo police shot and killed Shaima al-Sabbagh as she celebrated the Arab Spring, carrying roses and singing, "Living—freedom—social justice."