January 28

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.

  • 2014 In Addis Ababa, Mary Robinson established the Great Lakes Women’s Platform for the Peace, Security and Cooperation.

  • 2016 Femen activist Sarah Constantin hanged herself from a noose-like rope on Paris bridge to protest Iranian executions.