Women peacemakers born today
1879 Rose Pastor Stokes born Augustów, Poland (d. 1933). American Socialist labor organizer, poet and journalist; opposed World War I; sentenced to 10 years in prison for opposition to draft.
1902 Jessamyn West born Vernon, IN (d. 1984). Quaker writer, author of The Friendly Persuasion (1945) about Quaker life in Indiana during the Civil War; made into Oscar-winning movie with Gary Cooper, 1956.
1908 Peace Pilgrim born Egg Harbor, NJ (d. 1981). Traveled over 25,000 miles with message of peace.
1911 Henriette Bie Lorentzen (née Anna Henriette Wegner Haagaas) born Vestre Aker (now Oslo), Norway (d. 2001). Norwegian humanist; peace activist; founding teacher Nansen Academy 1937; arrested by Gestapo 1943, tortured while pregnant; survived Ravensbrück; founding editor publisher magazine Women and Time, 1945-55; active in Grandmothers Against Atom Weapons 1983.
1928 Franca Rame born Parabiago, Lombardy, Italy (d.2013). Radical Italian actress and playwright; Senator; opposed Vietnam War, Iraq War; co-wrote and acted play on Cindy Sheehan's opposition to war.
1929 Nafis Sadik born Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh, India. Pakistani physician, Director of UN Population Fund 1987-2000; Secretary-General UN Population Conference, Cairo, 1994.
1944 Jelena Šantić (née Jovanović) born Belgrade, Serbia, Yugoslavia (d. 2000). Prima ballerina and pacifist. Co-founded Group 484, welcoming Croat refugees. Received Pax Christi International Award, 1996.
1957 Kaisha Atakhanova born Karaganda, Kazakhstan. Biologist; led successful campaign to prevent the commercial import of nuclear waste into Kazakhstan. Awarded Goldman Environmental Prize, 2005; Nobel Peace Prize nominee, 2005.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1976 Close of historic Nonviolent Women's Conference, Les Circauds, France.
2005 UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) issued a call for international powers to recognize and foster women's participation in conflict resolution and peacemaking.
2012 Four Cuban Women in White arrested Havana for Literary Tea Party human rights protest.
2015: Creators of Peace women at the International Peace-builders Forum workshop, Caux, Switzerland.