Women peacemakers born today
1855 Louisine Havemeyer born New York, NY (d. 1929). Socially prominent art collector; suffragist leader, speaker and financier arrested jailed 5 days for leading protesters burning effigy of Pres. Wilson at White House 1919; co-founder National Women's Party 1916.
1879 Lucy Burns born Brooklyn, NY (d. 1966). Most arrested suffrage leader, co-leader with Alice Paul; opposed World War I; co-founded Women's Peace Society 1917; organized Washington suffrage parade; held first peace vigil at White House; beaten and force-fed in Occoquan prison.
1924 Anne Braden born Louisville, KY (d. 2006). Peace and justice journalist; anti-racism leader; first arrested 1951 in protest against execution of Willie McGee, a black man convicted of rape; convicted and exonerated of dynamiting Wade house Louisville 1954.
1946 Fahmida Riaz born Meerut, British India. Pakistani poet and feminist. Persecuted and exiled by military regime, 1981-88. Founded Women and Development Association WADA (“A Promise”), working for peace and women’s rights, 1994. Promoted friendship with India.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1893 Kate Sheppard submitted Monster Petition for vote, signed by quarter of New Zealand women.
1922 Peace Day marking start of WWI organized by Alice Park, San Francisco.
1988 Laure Moghaizel organized peace vigil against civil war, Beirut.
1992 Helen LaValley, 81-year-old blind nun sentenced for Easter Sunday protest at SAC base Wurtsmith Michigan; closed that year.
2008 In Addis Ababa, the Nobel Women's Initiative called for an end to the Darfur war.
2010 Hooligan Sparrow led women with red umbrellas in protest to legalize prostitution, Wuhan, China.
2012 Sister Megan Rice, age 82, invaded Oak Ridge nuclear weapons depot and poured blood on uranium.