January 30

Women peacemakers born today

  • 1877 Susie Stageberg born Badger, IA (d. 1961). “Mother of the Farmer-Labor Party.” Took anti-militarist stand, 1922.

  • 1912 Barbara W. Tuchman born Manhattan, NY (d. 1989). Pulitzer Prize-winning historian. Her book The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam examined the tragedy of war, 1984.

  • 1921 Anneliese Knoop-Graf born Kuchenheim, Germany (d. 2009). Leader of White Rose resistance group against Hitler, 1942-43.

  • 1937 Vanessa Redgrave born London, England. Actress; active in human rights causes, including support for Irish independence, freedom for Soviet Jews, aid for Bosnian Muslims and Palestinian rights, and opposition to nuclear armament, the Vietnam War and the war on terrorism. UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

  • 1939 Maria Julia Hernandez born San Francisco Morazán, el Salvador (d. 2007). Human rights leader; advocate for victims of Salvadoran Civil War; head of Pax Christi. Received Pacem in Terris award, 1991; Nobel Peace Prize nominee, 2005.

  • 1952 Anat Biletzki born Jerusalem. Israeli philosopher; professor at Tel Aviv University. Chair of human rights organization B'Tselem to end West Bank occupation, 2001-06.

  • 1957 Inger Lise Husøy born Rauma, Romsdal, Norway. Norwegian labor leader; member of parliament, 1997-2001. Leader of No to Atomic Weapons, 2002-03; leader of Norwegian Burma Committee, supporting democracy, 2006-13. Opposed Norwegian participation in NATO bombing of Kosovo.

  • 1974 Jemima Khan born London, England. Journalist; UNICEF UK Goodwill Ambassador. Publicly opposed Iraq and Afghan wars.

Women's peacemaking on this day

  • 2007 110 members of first all-woman UN Peacekeeping Force arrived Monrovia, Liberia under command of Seema Dhundia.

  • 2011 Margarita Pavlova led protest against air pollution caused by lead-zinc factory, Kardzhali, Bulgaria.