Women peacemakers born today
1889 Adela Pankhurst Walsh born Chorlton, Cheshire, England (d. 1961). Australian pacifist Socialist opposed to both World Wars; Women's Peace Army opposing conscription 1915; jailed for protest against food prices 1917-8; interned 1941 for opposition to World War II; anti-imperialist; motto of Women's Peace Army: "We War Against War."
1864 Mabel Wing Castle born Providence, RI (d. 1950). Founder and first chair of Jane Addams Peace Association (JAPA) 1948.
1907 Ana Figueroa Gajardo born Santiago de Chile (d. 1970). Known in Chile as "The Woman"; Chilean diplomat, suffragist and professor of English; Delegate to UN 1950; first woman to chair a major UN committee, Social, Humanitarian and Cultural, 1951; first woman on Security Council 1952; first woman Assistant Director of ILO 1960.
1923 Eleonore Romberg born Münich-Ramersdorf (d. 2004). German sociology professor: independent Green party member of Bavarian parliament 1986-90; headed German WILPF; twice international leader of WILPF Vice pres. 1972-4, President 1986-92; Bavarian Peace Prize; International Peace Woman award 2004.
1945 Aung San Suu Kyi born Rangoon, Burma. Politician; human rights advocate. Lived 15 years under house arrest as political prisoner. Received Sakharov Prize, 1990; Nobel Peace Prize, 1991; Nehru Award 1992.
1957 Anna Lindh born Enskede, Sweden (assassinated 2003). Swedish Foreign Minister 1998-2003, pushed European unity; opposed Iraq War and Israeli policy toward Palestinians; peacemaker in Macedonian crisis 2001; she had been active opponent of Vietnam War, Apartheid and arms race.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1926 10,000 women marched to Hyde Park, London on Peacemakers Pilgrimage.
1975 First major international Women's Conference, Mexico City.
1990 Act-up protest at Immigration Service, New York City against exclusion of HIV positive persons led by Amy Bauer.
2000 Three women arrested for cutting wire at US base Menwith Hill, Yorkshire.
2008 Security Council resolution 1820 on Women, Peace & Security demands end of sexual violence in war.
2015 Musqueam First Nation activist Audrey Siegl confronted Shell Arctic drilling rig in a small boat. “I stand with indigenous women from around the world to say ‘no more.’”