June 16

Women peacemakers born today

  • 1873 Ottoline Morrell born Marylebone, London, England (d. 1938). British pacifist. Leader of Bloomsbury group opposed to World War I. Gave farm work to conscientious objectors.

  • 1880 Alice Bailey born Manchester, England (d. 1949). Esoteric teacher, promoter of UN. Founder of World Goodwill, 1932.

  • 1909 Dorothy Schramm born Tilton, NH (d. 2006). Early leader in American promotion of UN; chaired first UN Day 1942.

  • 1915 Elizabeth Wyckoff born New York (d. 1994). Poet; professor of Greek at Bryn Mawr College and Mt. Holyoke University. Freedom Rider; rode on Trailways bus from Montgomery to Jackson, MS, where she was arrested, 1961.

  • 1944 Marian Kramer born Baton Rouge, LA. Civil rights leader; co-chair National Welfare Rights Union; CORE staff in 1960s; arrested for NOW civil rights protests; Black women delegate to Beijing conference; delegate Seventh Pan African Congress Uganda 1994; arrest for Detroit water as human right protest 2014.

  • 1973 Federica Mogherini born Rome, Italy. Youngest woman to become Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, 2014; second woman to serve as EU High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, 2014.

Women's peacemaking on this day

  • 1972 Women and children ringed US Congress protesting Vietnam War.

  • 1987 Brundtland Report "Our Common Future" adopted by UN Environmental Program.

  • 2006 Alicia B├írcena-Ibarra appointed Chief of Staff of UN Secretary General.

  • 2015 In Denton, TX, 92-year-old blind woman Violet Palmer arrested at fracking protest.