July 14

Women peacemakers born today

  • 1881 Julia Grace Wales born Bury, Quebec (d. 1957). Originated idea of continuous peace mediation 1915, which led to League of Nations; co-founded WILPF.

  • 1922 Peggy Hope-Simpson. Quaker. Co-founded first women’s peace organization, Nova Scotia Voice of Women (VOW), Halifax, 1959. Voiced early opposition to Cold War and NATO; spoke against racism.

  • 1944 Virginia Stibbs Anami born Miami Beach, FL. American-Japanese cultural envoy, author, photographer, lecturer on East Asia; spouse of Japanese ambassador to China 2000-6.

  • 1951 Vivienne Wee born Singapore. Professor of Asian Studies. Co-founded feminist Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE), 1985. Ran South Asia workshops on women peacebuilding.

  • 1960 Angélique Kidjo born Cotonou, Benin. Grammy Award-winning singer; first African woman named UN Ambassador for Peace, 2002; African Union Peace Ambassador for Year of Peace and Security, 2010. Supported Darfur peace, women's rights, climate change action; sang at Nobel Peace Prize Concert, 1996, 2002, 2011.

Women's peacemaking on this day

  • 1917 16 Women suffrage picketers arrested Washington DC including black portait painter Betsy Reyneau.

  • 1980 International Conference on Women, Copenhagen through July 30.

  • 1983 Grandmothers Macy Morse, Mary Lyons and Agnes Bauerlein arrested Wilmington MA for pouring blood on AVCO on nuclear weapons plans.

  • 1989 23rd WILPF Conference, Sydney, Australia on the "Role of the UN in the Peaceful Settlement of Conflict—From a Women's Perspective".

  • 2002: Helen Odeworitse led 600 Nigerian women in occupying Chevron's Escravos terminal, holding 700 workers hostage, threatening to strip naked, a traditional shaming gesture. "Our weapon is our nakedness."

  • 2011 Daphni Leef pitched tent Blvd Rothschild, Tel Aviv starting largest social protest in Israeli history.

  • 2017 Women’s March against National Rifle Assn. 18 miles from Fairfax VA to Justice Dept. DC