Women peacemakers born today
1871 Cornelia Ramondt-Hirschmann born The Hague (d. ?). Founder WILPF; on team of women's appeal to heads of states (tsar of Russia, kings of Sweden and Denmark) for peace, 1915; hosted WILPF Emergency conference for " new peace" 1922; WILPF international co-chair 1936-7; headed Netherlands Theosophical Society 1927-30.
1877 Michi Kawai born Yamada, Japan (d. 1953). Japanese internationalist, pacifist; "The greatest woman leader in Japan"; Secretary of YWCA; leader of Fellowship of Reconciliation; President of Japan Peace Society 1931-3 opposing Manchurian war; labored to avoid war with US.
1890 Elisabeth von Thadden born Mohrungen, E. Prussia (d. 1944). Aristocrat schoolmistress; illegally welcomed Jews and read Psalms. Beheaded by Nazis, Berlin, 1944.
1963 Alexandra Paul born Manhattan, NY. American actress and athlete, twice arrested for civil disobedience in protest against Iraq War; jailed 5 days; dozen arrests for peaceful protest at Nevada Test Site; Great Peace March for global nuclear disarmament across US 1986; sponsored aid to South Africa and Guatemala.
1979 Nadja Halilbegovich born Sarajevo, Bosnia. Author and poet; musician; peace activist and lecturer; wounded age 12 Sarajevo.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1917 Women's Peace Demonstration, Birmingham England 300 women join Peace Crusade.
1919 Gandhi inspired by Mass meeting London celebrating liberation of first suffrage fasters.
1983 Barbara Deming arrested at Seneca NY arms depot.
2006 Five Code Pink protesters arrested at White House for protest against British Prime Minister's support of war.
2013 In Jayapura, Indonesia, twenty women jumped into police van holding nine independence protesters, resulting in release of all.