July 13

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.

  • 2013 Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza, and Opal Tometi created Black Lives Matter.

  • 2014 In Havana, 90 Ladies in White arrested for protest.