January 24

Women peacemakers born today

  • 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.

  • 2014 Cairo police shot and killed Shaima al-Sabbagh as she celebrated the Arab Spring, carrying roses and singing, "Living—freedom—social justice."