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.