Women peacemakers born today
1840 Celine Renooz born Liège, Belgium (d. 1928). Feminist author and lecturer; matriarchal pacifist.
1862 Cora Ann Slocomb born New Orleans, LA (d. 1944). American-born wife of Italian Count of Brazza; president of International Postal Union, 1897. Defended immigration; organized earthquake relief; saved a woman from capital punishment; lectured on peace and international arbitration; invented the yellow, purple and white peace flag later adopted by the International Peace Bureau.
1871 Caroline Lasson born Oslo, Norway (d. 1970). Norwegian singer and actress; follower of Gandhian nonviolence; wrote book on her 1931 visit to Gandhi; founded Norwegian Friends of India Society, 1932.
1929 Azucena Berruti born Tres Cruces, Uruguay. Famed human rights lawyer. As first woman Minister of Defense, refused participation in US School of Americas, 2005-08.
1943 Sadako Sasaki born Hiroshima, Japan (d. 1955). Atomic bomb survivor; led peace appeal through efforts to create 1000 paper cranes.
1964 Ruchira Gupta born Kolcata, India. Leading Indian sex traffic abolitionist; journalist; nonviolent activist. Founded Apne Aap Women Worldwide, 2002.
1968 Ҫiğdem Yorgancioglu born Istanbul, Turkey. Turkish artist and poet. Panelist at Women Lead to Peace Summit, 2014.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1919 Washington DC police extinguished suffragists’ watchfire, burning copies of President Wilson’s speeches, only to be confronted with many more fires nearby.
1943 National Committee to Oppose Conscription of Women founded by Mildred Scott Olmsted.
1991 Ardelle Hough arrested in Madison, WI during protest against Gulf War when chained to door of Federal Building.
1991 Kay Camp and Joan Drake went to Baghdad as part of WILPF's International Women's Peace Delegation to stop Gulf War.