Women peacemakers born today
1804 George Sand born Paris, France (d. 1876). Prolific novelist, playwright; successful appeal to power of Louis Napoleon for prisoners.
1838 Johanne Meyer born Aalborg, Denmark (d. 1915). Pioneering radical suffragist; editor and orator; democratic socialist. Longtime leader of Danish Peace Society. Founding member, Danish Women’s Peace Association, 1906.
1876 Karen Jeppe born Gylling, Denmark (d. 1935). "Danish Mother of the Armenians"; teacher who cared for victims of genocide.
1895 Lucy Somerville Howorth born Greenville, MS (d. 1997). "Judge Lucy." Lawyer, politician, feminist; keynote speaker at White House conference on women in postwar peace 1944.
1904 Mary S. Calderone born Paris (d. 1998). Quaker Medical Director of Planned Parenthood 1953; founded SIECUS Sex Info & Education 1964; American pioneer in sex education; lifelong absolute pacifist.
1923 Paula Helen Hollmen Tasso (d. 2010). WILPF Representative at UN 1988-2000; political activist working for environment and racial and economic justice; two visits to Soviet Union to present workshops on Bruntland Report on international environment.
1935 Rini Templeton born Buffalo, NY (d. 1986). Anti-war artist.
1940 Ela Gandhi born Phoenix Ashram, Natal, South Africa. Granddaughter of Gandhi, opponent of Apartheid; under house arrest nine years 1975-83; member of S. African parliament 1994-2004; opposed domestic violence.
1948 Monika Stocker born Aarau, Switzerland. Swiss politician, peace advocate; Green party member Swiss National Council 1987-91; co-sponsor 1000 Women for Nobel Prize 2005; co-president PeaceWomen Across the Globe; president feminist Swiss Christian Peace Service (cfd) 2010.
1951 Anne Feeney born Charleroi, PA. American singer and activist lawyer; album Wild Wimmin for Peace: The Great Peace March, 1986; active protests against Vietnam War and Apartheid; arrested 1972 Miami protesting Nixon’s nomination; arrested 2017 Day Without a Woman.
1955 Speciosa Wandira Kazibwe born Iganda, Uganda. Ugandan surgeon; politician. Vice-president of Uganda, first woman to hold that position of an African nation, 1994-2003. Founded African Women Committee on Peace and Development (AWCPD) to increase women's involvement in African peacemaking processes, 1998. Appointed UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, 2013.
1961 Princess Diana born Sandringham, Norfolk (d. 1997). Influential leader in campaign against landmines 1997, visiting Bosnia and Angola war zones; pioneer in compassion for victims of AIDS 1987.
1971 Sabiha Husić born Donja Večeriska, Vitez, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Yugoslavia. Muslim war refugee; psychotherapist; Director of Medica Zenica, aiding Balkan War victims, 2007; organized Network for Victims and Witnesses for women survivors of rape and sexual violence, 2011; Joan Kroc Woman Peacemaker, 2013.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1915 First Public Protest against World War I by Frances and Marie Mayoux at Tours, France. "Enough Blood Shed!"
1944 Nazi court sentenced pacifist FOR leader Elizabeth von Thadden to death.
1969 Five Women Against Daddy Warbucks destroyed draft files Manhattan.
1970 Eight Draft Files destroyed by Women Against Daddy Warbucks.
1975 Mexico City Declaration on Women.
1982 Death of ERA marked by women defacing public property in D.C.
1987 Concepcion Picciotto arrested for permanent vigil outside White House.
1992 First WILPF conference in Latin America, Santa Cruz, Bolivia.
2001 Lindis Percy arrested and de-arrested for "Independence FROM America" protest at US embassy London.