June 20

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.

  • 1983 Patrisse Cullors born Los Angeles, CA. Artist; African-American human rights activist. Co-founded #blacklivesmatter movement with Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi.

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.