Women peacemakers born today
1882 Virginia Woolf born London, England (d. 1941). Author and essayist; dealt with feminist themes.
1871 Maud Wood Park born Boston, MA (d. 1955). Suffragist; first president of League of Women Voters, 1920-24.
1892 Rachel Davis DuBois born Woodstown, NJ (d. 1993). Quaker; pioneer in intercultural relations. WILPF leader at Hague Conference, 1922. SCLC trainer.
1916 Dagmar Wilson born New York, NY (d. 2011). Artist. Co-founded Women's Strike for Peace, organization that influenced Nuclear Test Ban and was one of first groups to oppose Vietnam War, 1961.
1921 Macy Morse born Molalla, OR. Founded New Hampshire Womyn's Peace Network, 1983; founded Seacoast Peace Response, 2001. Opposed Vietnam War, AVCO and Iraq War; arrested for Seabrook protests.
1939 Hattie Nestel born Philadelphia, PA. Antinuclear activist. Leader of Shut it Down Affinity Group of women protesting against Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant; arrested multiple times.
1948 Nabeela al-Mulla born Kuwait. Kuwaiti ambassador. First Arab woman to serve as head delegate to UN. Chair of UN Atomic Energy board, promoting nuclear non-proliferation, 2002-03. Nobel Peace Prize nominee, 2005.
1955 Piedad Cordoba born Medellin, Colombia. Afro-Colombian; legislative representative, 1992-1994; senator, 1994-2010. Negotiated release of FARC prisoners, 2007; nominated for Nobel Peace Prize, 2009.
Women's peacemaking on this day
Feast day of Blessed Beatrice of Ornacieu, sister and follower of nonviolent peacemaker St. Claire.
1983 Six Greenham Women staged rooftop protest at Holloway Prison.
1995 The Committee of Soldiers' Mothers of Russia began march from Nazran to Grozny, Chechnya.
2003 Diane Wilson sentenced to 4 months prison and fined $2,000 for criminal trespass for climbing tower at Dow's Spindrift plant to protest Bhopal tragedy.
- 2009 Code Pink mission to Gaza to assess damage of Israeli attacks and blockade.
2010 Eve Tetaz given 75-day suspended sentence (25 days served) in DC Jail for her twenty-first antiwar protest. "I'm not disturbing the peace, I'm disturbing the war."
2011 Egyptian Asmaa Mahfouz denounced Mubarak regime and encouraged public protest in Cairo's Tahrir Square, on this "Day of Rage."