June 1

Women peacemakers born today

  • 1881 Isabel Longworth born Temora, Australia (d.1961). Australian dentist. Peace activist; WILPF leader; lifelong socialist. Militant opponent of conscription during World War I. Secretary of Women’s Peace Army, 1915-19. Published pamphlet An Open Road to International Order, 1938.

  • 1893 Bertha Bracey born Bournville, Birmingham, England (d. 1989). English humanitarian. Quaker teacher and relief worker in Austria, 1921; fed children and worked for reconciliation with Germans, Nuremberg, 1921; Berlin, 1926. Founding Secretary of German Emergency Committee to help Jewish refugees, London, 1933. Set up Quaker school for 100 Jewish children in Ommen, Holland, 1934; organized Children’s Transport of Jewish children to England, 1938-39. Flew out 300 children from Theresienstadt camp, 1945. Led Allied refugee effort, 1946; Women’s Affairs for Occupation, 1946-53. Honored as “Righteous Among the Nations.”

  • 1925 Ginetta Sagan born San Colombano al Lambro, Milan, Italy (d. 2000). Human rights advocate and peace activist. Played instrumental role in growth of Amnesty International USA; founded first West Coast chapter, Palo Alto, 1969, and 75 more local chapters, 1971-74.

Women's peacemaking on this day

  • 1660 Mary Dyer hanged on Boston Neck for Quaker witness.

  • 1915 In Christiania, Emily BalchChrystal MacmillanCornelia Ramondt-Hirschmann, and Rosika Schwimmer personally appealed to Danish Parliament leaders to intervene for peace.

  • 1975 International Feminist Planning Conference organized Cambridge MA by Patricia Burnett; through June 4.

  • 2010 Q'orianka Kilcher and mother Saskia were arrested at White House for protesting Amazon oil drilling.

  • 2010 Institute for Nonviolence & Peace Kenya and Institute for Inclusive Security to training workshop for women from the Eastern Africa.

  • 2014 Offering bread and appealing to the commander of Whiteman AFB against drones, Kathy Kelly and Georgia Walker arrested for trespassing; both given prison sentences.