January 3

Women peacemakers born today

  • 1793 Lucretia Mott born Nantucket, RI (d. 1880). Quaker nonviolent abolitionist and feminist. Co-organized the Seneca Falls Convention; co-founded Swarthmore College.

  • 1881  Sophy Sanger born Westcott, Surrey, England (d. 1950). British internationalist and labor reformer. Barred from Hague Women's Peace Congress, 1915; founding member of WILPF.
  • 1928 Nan Cross born Pretoria, South Africa (d. 2007). South African opponent of Apartheid and conscription. Co-founded Conscientious Objector Support Group, 1980; End Conscription Campaign, 1983; Ceasefire Campaign against arms trade, 1993.
     
  • 1932 Setsuko Thurlow born Hiroshima, Japan. Canadian hibakusha survivor of Hiroshima bombing, 1945. Social worker; speaker; several world voyages on Peace Boat; awarded the Order of Merit, Canada's highest honor, for her peace work, 2007.
     
  • 1946 Maureen Harding Clark born Scotland. Served as Irish judge on International Criminal Court, 2002-06; presided over Yugoslavia war crimes tribunal, 1999.
     
  • 1958 Liya Kebede born Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Supermodel; actress; World Health Organization Goodwill Ambassador, 2005.

Women's peacemaking on this day

  • Feast of St. Genevieve (c.422-500), who saved Paris from capture by Huns c. 451.
  • 1971 Bella Abzug introduced resolution against Vietnam War on her first day in Congress.
  • 1983 44 Greenham women tried at Newbury for dancing on missile silos.
  • 2007 Alicia Barcena Ibarra appointed UN Under-Secretary for Management.
  • 2010 Human rights activist Josefina Reyes assassinated in Chihuahua, Mexico.