Women peacemakers born today
1812 Anne Warren Weston born Weymouth, MA (d. 1890). Co-founded first nonviolence society, Boston, 1838; proposed world's first nonviolence newspaper, The Non-Resistant.
1873 Mary Emma Woolley born South Norwalk, CT (d. 1947). First American woman diplomat at major international conference, Geneva Disarmament, 1932. President of Mt. Holyoke College, 1900-32; vice-president of American Peace Society, 1907-13.
1897 Mimi Sverdrup Lunden born Solund, Norway (d. 1955). Norwegian peace activist; feminist; educator, author, translator; anti-fascist 1930; promoted Nobel prize for Ossietsky; twice imprisoned WWII for aiding refugees; leader of Norwegian Peace Committee 1949; its principal delegate to International Peace Council Paris 1949.
1913 Anissa Najjar (née Rawda) born Beirut, Lebanon, Ottoman Empire (d. 2016). Druze social worker and headmistress; vice-president international WILPF 1977; active in independence movement 1943-4; founding head Village Welfare Society, 1953; founding president WILPF chapter Lebanese Committee for Peace and Freedom (LCPF) 1961.
1918 Margaret K. Bruce born Batley, Yorkshire, England (d. 2012). Human rights activist. Lifelong UN employee, 1946-77.
1927 Simone Veil born Nice, France. "First Lady of Europe." First woman president of European Parliament, 1979; first woman winner of Charlemagne Prize for European unity and peace, 1981. Auschwitz survivor.
1946 Nadia Younes born Cairo, Egypt (d. 2003). United Nations diplomat; chief of staff Iraq mission; killed in bombing UN office Bagdad; UN Chief of Protocol 1998-2002, organizing UN Millennium Summit 2000; led UN Kosovo information 1999-2001; World Health Organization External Affairs officer 2002; headed UN information office Rome 1993.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1935 "Down with guns: A martial tone against the war" article started women's unarmed revolt against war.
1976 International Conference of Nonviolent Women at Les Circauds, France.
1996 Four Canadian women were arrested for protesting arms fair, Toronto.
2012 Kandake strong woman Friday protest of Sudanese women led to arrests.
2014 In Havana, 90 Ladies in White arrested for protest.