Women peacemakers born today
1901 Esther Caukin Brunauer born Jackson, CA (d. 1959). American internationalist; expert on establishing international organizations.
1915 Margaret Walker Alexander born Birmingham, AL (d. 1998). African-American novelist and poet; SNCC leader.
1935 Dorothy Stang born Dayton, OH (d. 2005). Catholic sister. Awarded posthumous UN Human Rights Prize.
1940 Jetsun Pema born Takster, Amdo, Tibet. "Mother of Tibet." Sister of Dalai Lama. Minister of Education, 1991; President, Tibetan Childrens Villages.
1941 Barbara Garson born Brooklyn, NY. American playwright, author and activist; wrote popular anti-Vietnam war play "MacBird!", a parody of Shakespeare’s "Macbeth," 1967. Socialist Vice-Presidential candidate, 1992.
1944 Glenys Kinnock born Roade, Northamptonshire, England. Internationalist; anti-Apartheid leader; advocate for third world development. Founded One World Action, 1989. Welsh member of European Parliament, 1994-2009. British Minister for UN and Africa, 2009-10; Minister for Europe 2010.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1915 In The Hague, Emily Balch, Aletta Jacobs, Chrystal MacMillan, Cornelia Ramondt-Hirschmann, and Rosika Schwimmer made personal appeal to Dutch Prime Minister Cort van der Linden to intervene for peace.
1954 UN Human Rights Convention on Political Rights of Women in effect.
1955 In Lausanne, Switzerland, 1200 women gathered at the World Congress of Women.
1991 Sister Marilyn Pray and Mary Rose Palumbo sentenced to jail for Good Friday protest at Seneca Depot.
2003 Creativity for Peace’s first summer camp for Palestinian and Israeli girls held in Glorietta, NM; run by three women: Debra Sugerman, Rachel Kaufman, and Anael Harpaz.
2013 In India, 101 women farmers from the city of Junagadh sent Prime Minister Narendra Modi a letter written in blood to protest a highway expansion plan that would annex fertile farmland.
2015 In Addison, VT, 40 members of Trans and/or Women’s Action Camp (TWAC) blocked truck transporting fracked gas; 5 arrested.