July 22

Women peacemakers born today

  • 1849 Emma Lazarus born Manhattan, NY (d. 1887). Poetess who wrote sonnet for base of Statue of Liberty.

  • 1917 Shaista Suhrawardy Ikramullah born Calcutta, India (d. 2000). Pakistani diplomat and author; PhD London; as delegate to UN influenced Human Rights Declaration and Genocide Convention.

  • 1931 Riane Eisler (née Tennenbaum) born Vienna, Austria. American cultural historian; peace educator, author Educating for a Culture of Peace, 2002.

  • 1967 Lauren Booth born Islington, London. Broadcaster journalist; co-sponsor of nonviolent Free Gaza Movement; broke blockade of Gaza 2008; converted to Islam 2010; opposed Iraq War initiated by her brother-in-law, Prime Minister Tony Blair.

  • 1992 Selena Gomez born Grand Prairie, TX. American pop singer and actress; UNICEF Ambassador mission to Ghana 2008, Chile 2011.

Women's peacemaking on this day

  • 1983 Greenham Women graffitied Blackbird spy plane with peace symbols.

  • 1992 Palermo Women monthlong hunger strike against Mafia.

  • 2003 Liberian woman forced peace at Ghana; Leymah Gbowee threatened to strip. "Okay, I'm going to make it very, very easy for you to arrest me. . . I'm going to strip naked."

  • 2010 WILPF demanded withdrawal of US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan at the National Peace Conference, Albany, NY.

  • 2014 Irish politician Clare Daly arrested for trying to inspect US planes carrying weapons to war.

  • 2016 Medea Benjamin interrupted Donald Trump’s presidential nomination acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention. “We want peace and love, not hate and war.”