July 19

Women peacemakers born today

  • 1919 Eve Merriam born Philadelphia, PA (d. 1992). Quaker playwright, poet.

  • 1941 Vikki Carr born El Paso, TX. Bilingual singer, philanthropist; donor of scholarships for Hispanic students.

  • 1955 Samina Faheem Sundas born Punjab, Pakistan. American Muslim community organizer. Founded American Muslim Voice to cultivate interfaith dialogue, 2003. Awarded Fellowship of Reconciliation Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Prize, 2007.

Women's peacemaking on this day

  • 1848 Seneca Falls Declaration of Sentiments. First Women's Rights convention met, on call of Lucretia MottMartha WrightElizabeth Cady Stanton"We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal."

  • 1922 One million petitions given to President Harding in Children's Crusade for Amnesty for political prisoners, organized by Kate Richards O'Hare.

  • 1974 Martha Tranquilli began 9 months in San Pedro prison for tax refusal during Vietnam War. "So long as my government acts immorally and illegally in my name, I will call it to account."

  • 1989 Betsy Corner and Randy Kehler's house seized by IRS for tax refusal, Colrain, MA.

  • 1990 Women Commissioners agreement to first continuous meeting of indigenous peoples, Quito. "Militarism is anti-life, anti-Earth, anti-women."