Women peacemakers born today
1887 Ellen S. Woodward born Oxford, MS (d. 1971). Social security expert for Roosevelt's New Deal; US delegate to founding of UNRRA 1943-6 and UNESCO 1947; led effort to introduce welfare in postwar international relief.
1888 Andrea Andreen born Örby, Sweden (d. 1972). Swedish doctor; radical peace leader of "Women's Non-Violent Revolt against War" when 20,000 women refused bomb shelter use 1935; major opponent of chemical and biological weapons; tried to stem Cold War for which USSR gave her Lenin Peace Prize 1953.
1925 Ann Fagan Ginger. American professor of international law, esp. law of peace; founding director of Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute 1964; author of Nuclear Weapons Are Illegal, 1996; got US Supreme Court acquittal of nuclear protesters; supported conscientious objection to Vietnam War; opposed wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
1933 Olga Havlova born Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 1996). Co-leader of nonviolent Velvet Revolution with husband Vaclav Havel 1989; co-founded Committee for the Defense of the Unjustly Persecuted 1979 (VONS).
1955 Adi Roche born Clonmel, Tipperary, Ireland. Peace activist and anti-nuclear advocate. Volunteer for Irish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament's peace education program, 1982. Irish representative on Great Peace Journey, 1983-85. Began work in Chernobyl, 1985; founded Chernobyl Children International which rescued over 22,000 children, 1991. Took part in first Mercy Mission airlift, 1995.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1656 Quaker women Ann Austin and Mary Fisher arrived Boston on Swallow; jailed five weeks, 100 books burned.
1848 Seneca Falls meeting for Women's equal rights called "to discuss the social, civil and religious condition and rights of women."
1985 Peace Tent at Nairobi Women's Conference opened 10 am. "The international feminist alternative to men's conflict and war."
2003 Maputo Protocol on African Women's Rights adopted. "Every woman shall be entitled to respect for her life and the integrity and security of her person."