July 25

Women peacemakers born today

  • 1806 Maria Weston Chapman born Weymouth, MA (d. 1885). "Garrison's Lieutenant"; co-founder of world's first nonviolent society 1838, edited first nonviolent newspaper. Elizabeth Pease Nichol called her "[the] Joan of Arc of the anti-slavery movement."

  • 1913 Jill Jackson Miller born Lawrence, MO (d. 1995). Film actress, singer, author, speaker, composed popular peace song.

  • 1979 Hilal Demir born Turkey. Turkish sculptor, feminist, nonviolent anarchist; founded Antimilitarist Feminists 1999; Izmir War Resisters 1997-2002; Izmir Nonviolent Training Institute.

  • 1980 Kajsa “Ekis” Ekman born Stockholm, Sweden. Swedish feminist journalist; illegally seized on high seas by Israeli navy aboard “Marianne”, imprisoned a week in Israel for Freedom Flotilla III nonviolent protest, 2015.

Women's peacemaking on this day

  • 1902 First Human Rights Convention on White Slavery drafted Paris.

  • 1998 "Bread & Roses: Women Define Globalization" 27th WILPF Congress, Baltimore MD.

  • 2001 Singer Bonnie Raitt arrested in Rainforest protest Itaska, IL.

  • 2002 In Bogotá, Colombia, 45,000 women from La Ruta Pacifica de las Mujeres (“Women’s Peaceful Road”) and four other pacifist coalitions came together to protest ongoing civil violence. “No to War!”

  • 2004 Three Dominican Sisters sentenced 30-41 months prison for protest against missiles: Carol Gilbert, Jackie HudsonArdeth Platte.