Women peacemakers born today
1870 Ada Nield Chew born Audley, Staffordshire, England (d. 1945). Suffragist leader; labor organizer; radical feminist; pacifist. Tried to attend Hague Women's Peace Congress, 1915; founding member of WILPF.
1903 Kathleen Lonsdale born Newbridge, Ireland (d. 1971). Eminent physicist; Quaker; president of WILPF and Pugwash Conference; led peace mission to USSR, 1951.
1953 Biljana Jovanovic born Belgrade, Yugoslavia (d. 1996). Yugoslav Serbian poet, playwright and novelist; feminist. Early critic of communist repression, 1960s; opposed breakup of Yugoslavia and nationalist wars that followed. Co-founded antiwar Civil Resistance Movement, 1992.
1968 Sarah McLachlan born Halifax, Canada. Singer of peace and nonviolence; supporter of CARE, Heifer International, and anti-hunger causes.
Women's peacemaking on this day
- 1974 WILPF marched on Philadelphia city hall in protest against continuation of Vietnam War.
- 1995 100 Russian mothers protested missing soldier sons in Chechen war.
- 1997 UN appointed two women to top positions: Angela King as Assistant Secretary General for Women, and Gillian Sorensen as Assistant Secretary General for External Relations.
- 2006 Carol Fisher arrested for posting anti-Bush posters in Cleveland, OH.