July 31

Women peacemakers born today

  • 1833 Amelia Stone Quinton born Jamesville, NY (d. 1926). Indian rights advocate; co-founded Women’s National Indian Association 1879; wrote petition 1882 demanding observation of US treaties.

  • 1882 Anna Mahé born Bourgneuf-en-Retz, Lower Loire, France (d. 1960). French teacher and spelling reformer; imprisoned for article by an "antimilitarist mother" 1910, but acquitted of crime; founder and managing editor of radical anarchist paper l’Anarchie, 1905-14.

  • 1887 Dorothea Dutcher Buck born Milwaukee, WI. Internationalist President of General Association of Women's Clubs 1947-50 who promoted UN.

  • 1957 Ingrid Washinawatok born Menominee, WI (d. 1999). UN indigenous rights leader murdered in Colombia civil war.

  • 1963 Berta Soler born Matanzas, Cuba. Co-founder of Ladies in White, a group dedicated to nonviolently protesting detention of political prisoners.

Women's peacemaking on this day

  • 1913 Alice Paul led suffrage demonstration DC. 80 cars from Hyattsville MD with petition to Senate for vote.

  • 1914 12 million British women petitioned for peace, organized by Chrystal Macmillan and Millicent Fawcett. "We women of the world. . . appeal to you. . . to avert deluging half the civilized world in blood."

  • 1983 German women climbed fence at "Deathbase" Hasselbach in protest against cruise missiles.

  • 2012 Nine Shut It Down women arrested for protest at Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.

  • 2014 Sisters of Mercy Eileen Campbell and Jean Stoken arrested at White House protest against deportations.