June 11

Women peacemakers born today

  • 1866 Addie Waites Hunton born Norfolk, VA (d. 1943). Black suffragist and peace activist; author and educator. Organized Pan-African Congress, 1927. Founded Women's International Circle for Peace and Foreign Relations, 1927. Served on executive board of WILPF.

  • 1880 Jeannette Rankin born Missoula, MT (d. 1973). Only congressperson to vote against both World Wars.

  • 1917 Peg Mullen born Pocahontas, IA (d. 2009). Antiwar activist and WILPF member. Mother of draftee soldier killed by friendly fire, Vietnam, 1970.

  • 1948 Sumaya Farhat Naser born Bir Zeit, Palestine. Professor of Ecology; Palestinian peace activist. Co-founder of Jerusalem Center for Women. Awarded Kreisky Human Rights Prize, 1995; Augsburg Peace Award, 2000,

Women's peacemaking on this day

  • 1951 Women's International Democratic Federation sent UN “J’Accuse” demand for trial of Korean War leaders as war criminals.

  • 1958 Barbara Reynolds sailed Phoenix into nuclear test zone.

  • 1982 Canadian VOW peace petition with 115,000 womens' signatures given to UN.

  • 1982 Conference on Global Feminism and Disarmament by WILPF and AFSC New York City.

  • 1987 Diane Abbott elected first black woman member of British Parliament.

  • 1993 Actress Alexandra Paul jailed 5 days for Iraq War civil disobedience. "Speak out peacefully and with respect, and our nation will remain open and free."

  • 2013 “Women in Conflict: A Close Look at Syria” WILPF forum Geneva called for end of support of warring parties.