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.
1895 Muna Lee born Raymond, MS (d. 1965). “Poet of the Americas”; promoter of inter-american cultural ties; lyric poet, translator and mystery writer; international feminist; first woman to address Pan-American Congress 1928; co-founder the first international organization for women’s rights, Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM) 1928.
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.
1938 Anne-Catherine Menétrey-Savary born Aigle, Vaud, Switzerland. Swiss antimilitarist politician; Green Party member National Council 1999-2007; author and psychologist; promoted abolition of army; supported conscientious objectors.
1941 Robin Morgan born Lake Worth, FL. American feminist; active in CORE, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee; anti-Vietnam War; founded Sisterhood Is Global 1984.
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.
1987 Stacey Lynn Merkt was imprisoned 18 months for giving sanctuary to illegal Central Americans.
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.