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.
1953 Kate Dewes born Hawera, New Zealand. Peace activist and professor of peace studies, Canterbury University. Pioneered World Court Project, 1986; won ruling against nuclear weapons, 1996. Director of South Island Regional Office of Aotearoa/New Zealand Peace foundation for over 30 years. Vice-President, International Peace Bureau, 1997-2003. UN disarmament adviser, 2009.
1958 Liya Kebede born Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Supermodel and 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.
1995 Committee of Soldiers’ Mothers of Russia protested Chechen War in Red Square, Moscow.
2007 Alicia Barcena Ibarra appointed UN Under-Secretary for Management.
2010 Human rights activist Josefina Reyes assassinated in Chihuahua, Mexico.