Women peacemakers born today
1866 Ada Salter born Raunds, Northamptonshire (d. 1942). British social reformer headed Bermondsey Settlement; Quaker pacifist; Christian Socialist; house was stoned for opposition to World War I and support of Non-Conscription Fellowship; co-founder WILPF; postwar WILPF aid to German and Austrian refugees; first woman mayor in London, 1922; environmental pioneer; opposed World War II.
1878 Emilia Fogelklou born Simrishamn, Sweden (d. 1972). Swedish theologian, feminist, women's historian, teacher, pacifist; one of first Quakers in Sweden 1931; early member of WILPF and International Fellowship of Reconciliation.
1921 Zofia Kuratowska born Skolimów-Konstancin, Poland. Physician, activist, and politician. Leading female organizer of Solidarity movement, 1980. Protested state of war, 1982. President of Senate, 1989-97.
1927 Lyudmila Alexeyeva born Yevpatoria, Crimea, USSR. Russian human rights activist; Soviet dissident; archaeologist and historian. Co-founded Russian human rights organization Moscow Helsinki Group, 1976.
1939 Judy Chicago born Chicago, IL. Anti-war feminist and artist; contributed to LA Peace Tower against Vietnam War, 1966; Holocaust Project, 1993.
1964 Bui Thi Minh Hang born Vietnam. Arrested Hanoi 2011 and sentenced to reeducation for peaceful protest against arrest of protesters.
1969 Jeroo Billimoria born Mumbai, India. Founded Child Helpline International, 2004, Childline India Foundation, 1996.
1980 Gisele Bundchen born Três de Maio, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Supermodel; Goodwill Ambassador of UN Environmental Program, 2009.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1848 World's first women's rights convention concluded Seneca Falls, promising more meetings.
1968 First Special Olympics, Chicago, organized by Eunice Kennedy Shriver.
1991 Mothers of the Soldiers of Belgrade: "We refuse that our sons become the victims of senseless militarists. . . It is a disgrace to win a fratricidal war."
2002 Women, War and Peace Seminar, Geneva: "Throughout history, women have negotiated peace."
2011 Catherine-Ann MacDougal climbed oak tree in nonviolent protest against strip mining, Marfork WV.
2012 Women for Women protested violence Colombo, Sri Lanka.