Women peacemakers born today
1812 Anne Warren Weston born Weymouth, MA (d. 1890). Co-founder of first nonviolence society, Boston 1838; proposed world's first nonviolence newspaper, The Non-Resistant.
1873 Mary Emma Woolley born South Norwalk, CT (d. 1947). First American woman diplomat at major international conference, Geneva Disarmament 1932; President of Mt. Holyoke 1900-1932; Vice President American Peace Society 1907-1913; predicted atom bomb.
1918 Margaret K. Bruce born Batley, Yorkshire, England (d. 2012). Human rights activist. Lifelong UN employee, 1946-77.
1925 Goler Teal Butcher born Philadelphia, PA (d. 1993). Black international law professor; Africa AID administrator; advocate of ending global hunger; fought against Apartheid; one of first arrests in Free Africa Movement 1984; honored by medal for human rights.
1927 Simone Veil born Nice, France. "First Lady of Europe." First woman president European Parliament 1979; first woman winner of Charlemagne Prize for European unity and peace 1981; Auschwitz survivor.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1935 "Down with guns: A martial tone against the war" article started women's unarmed revolt against war.
1976 International Conference of Nonviolent Women at Les Circauds, France.
1996 Four Canadian Women arrested Toronto protesting arms fair.
2012 Kandake strong woman Friday protest of Sudanese women led to arrests.
2014 In Havana, 90 Ladies in White arrested for protest.