Women peacemakers born today
1835 Sarah Chauncey Woolsey born Cleveland, OH 1835 (d. 1905). Civil War nurse, poet, and writer of children's literature.
1867 Gertrude Foster Brown born Morrison, IL (d. 1956). Concert pianist; suffragist; editor; active promoter of League of Nations; representative of Women's Action Committee for Victory and Lasting Peace at UN founding San Francisco, 1945.
1884 Florence Wilson born Lancaster, PA (d. 1977). Internationalist; sole female member of WWI peace delegation, 1919; librarian of The Inquiry, 1917, and the League of Nations, 1919.
1915 Lillian Willoughby born Iowa (d. 2009). Quaker peace leader; tax resister. Founded Movement for A New Society, 1971; spent one week in jail for blocking Philadelphia courthouse in anti-Iraq War protest, 2003.
1954 Oprah Winfrey born Kosciusko, MS. Television host; philanthropist. Questioned Iraq War: "Is War the Only Answer?", Sept. 2002; series of anti-war shows, Nov. 2002-March 2003. Endowed South African girl's school, 2004.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1957 UN General Assembly adopted Convention on the Nationality of Married Women.
1996 Four Ploughshares Women damaged Indonesian Air Force Hawk plane at British aerospace factory.
2003 Mary Kelly disabled US Navy troop transport Shannon with fire axe as protest against preparations for Iraq War.
2010: Doctors Carol Paris and Margaret Flowers arrested at White House for attempting to deliver a letter on health care to President Obama.