Women peacemakers born today
1867 Alys Pearsall Smith born Frankford, Philadelphia (d. 1951). Quaker relief organizer; founding chair of Italian Refugees' Relief Committee 1927 aiding refugees from Fascist Italy; married Bertrand Russell in Quaker ceremony.
1870 Florence Jaffray Harriman born Manhattan (d. 1967). Suffragist, social reformer, and advocate of League of Nations; Ambassador to Norway 1943, aiding escape of royal family and Nazi opponents from Norway; one of first books on Holocaust.
1875 Agnes Baldwin Alexander born Honolulu, HI (d. 1971). Internationalist proponent of universal friendship and language; Bahá’i leader who spread message of universal peace, equality of men and women, a world court to Hawaii, Japan and Korea; Esperanto teacher.
1872 Hannah Clothier Hull born Wynnewood, PA (d. 1958). Quaker absolute pacifist, suffragist, national chair of WILPF 1924-39; Chair Peoples Mandate to Governments to End War 1935; delegate to League of Nations Disarmament Conference 1932.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1959 Marge Swann arrested for climbing fence at missile site Nebraska.
1979 Women's Hall of Fame dedicated, Seneca Falls, NY.
1983 Argentine Mothers of Playa del Mayo walked 7 km. Calilegua to San Martin in protest against disappeared relatives. Walk was repeated annually on Thursday nearest July 21.
1998 Gro Harlem Brundtland became head of WHO.
2007 29th WILPF Congress, Santa Cruz, Bolivia. "Women unite! Build peace! Generate change!"