Women peacemakers born today
1869 Florence Guertin Tuttle born Brooklyn, NY (d. 1951). Internationalist; feminist and suffragist; author of Alternatives to War, 1931; Women’s Peace Party member opposing World War I; Chaired Women's Pro-League Council 1920; birth-control leader; popular speaker on disarmament and international organization; delegate to Geneva Disarmament Conference 1932.
1917 Barbara Deming born New York, NY (d. 1984). Nonviolent activist and writer; lesbian; first arrested 1962 against atom bomb; arrested in civil rights protest Albany GA 1964; Seneca Peace Camp 1984.
1943 Randall Caroline Forsberg born Hunter, AL (d. 2003). Founded Nuclear Freeze movement 1980; MacArthur genius 1983.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1896 Women of Zaragoza, Spain protested the conscription of their sons and husbands to fight in the war against Cuba. “Down with the War!”
1916 Women's Peace Crusade gathering of 5,000 organized by Helen Crawfurd in Glasgow, Scotland.
1956 13th WILPF Congress, Birmingham, England. "WILPF in the Atomic Age" resolution on "The Sacredness of Human Life" against capital punishment and war.
1976 Women textile workers at Dong II plant Seoul stripped naked to oppose police attack, beaten, 76 arrested in protest against election interference.
1986 "Women Unite for Justice and Peace" 23d WILPF Congress, Woudschoten-Zeist, (Utrecht), Netherlands.
1998 Greenham Women Sarah Higginson and Peggy Walford sentenced two years prison for cutting fence.
2013 Three women arrested for chaining themselves to machinery to protest tar sands pipeline, Stockbridge, MI; they were convicted and imprisoned for one year.
2014 Rebecca Vilkomerson, head of Jewish Voice for Peace, arrested at New York sit-in against Gaza invasion.
2014 In New York, seven women arrested in drone protest at Hancock AFB.