Women peacemakers born today
1743 Anna Laetitia Barbauld born Kibworth-Harcourt, Leicestershire, England (d. 1825). English poet; schoolmistress. Wrote against slave trade and war.
1874 Maria Verone born Paris (d. 1938). French feminist and pacifist lawyer, journalist and editor; first woman to plead before French appeals court 1903; 20-year-president of French League for Rights of Women.
1895 Elizabeth Pauline MacCallum born Marash, Turkey (d. 1985). First Canadian woman head of mission, Beirut 1954; Middle East expert; specialist at San Francisco conference on founding of UN and partition of Palestine; foresaw Kurdish discontent, and long conflict in Palestine.
1930 Shulamith Koenig born Jerusalem. Human Rights activist; industrial engineer; co-founded Peace Now Tel Aviv in 1960s; founded People’s Movement for Human Rights Education (PDHRE) 1988; UN Human rights award 2003.
1967 Nicole Kidman born Honolulu, HI. Australian actress; Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF 1994; UN Citizen of the World 2004; star of The Interpreter at UN 2005; UNIFEM Goodwill Ambassador 2006; led UNiTE campaign against violence against women.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1916 Lucy Burns and Dora Lewis picketed White House with "Russian flag" saying Wilson deceived Russia by calling US a democracy.
1955 Local Committee for the Abolition of the H-Bomb met London to become nucleus of Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.
1983 Mayor of Kent, Washington, broke tie to give site for Puget Sound Camp.
1992 Alison Hewson led Greenpeace protest at Sellafield nuclear plant, Cumbria.
2009 Neda Agha Soltan killed in peaceful protest Tehran.
2010 Saudi women protested driving ban by threat to breastfeed men.
2011 US mayors pass Code Pink antiwar resolution sponsored by Kitty Piercy.