June 21

Women peacemakers born today

  • 1912 Mary McCarthy born Seattle, WA (d. 1989). Author who revealed suffering of Vietnam War, 1967.

  • 1947 Shirin Ebadi born Hamadan, Iran. Nobel Peace Prize 2003 for human rights of women and children. Iranian justice.

Women's peacemaking on this day

  • 1908 Over 300,000 people, the largest crowd to date, assembled in Hyde Park to show popular support for suffrage.

  • 1931 WILPF Peace Caravan left Hollywood to cross US.

  • 1935 Sylvia Pankhurst erected the first anti-air war monument in front of her red cottage, Woodford Green, Essex.

  • 1946 UN established Commission on Status of Women.

  • 1951 Human Rights Convention on White Slavery in effect.

  • 1964 Fannie Lou Hamer began nonviolent training for Freedom Summer at Western College for 600 volunteers.

  • 1981 10,000 women rallied Copenhagen to send off Scandinavian women's march against nuclear weapons.

  • 1989 Women's Convoy to Central America crossed Mexican border at Laredo.

  • 2003 Permanent Convention of Women Against War met in Rome. "Out of the history of war, Europe out of war."

  • 2006 Belgrade Women in Black stripped off clothes in protest against patriarchy.

  • 2013 Vicki Monague began Water Walk around Georgian Bay.

  • 2014 Yara Sallam and a dozen Cairo women arrested for protest against anti-protest law.

  • 2015 In Cairo, several dozen women held a vigil at the presidential palace to protest the arrest of 23 political activists. "Ramadan is not the same without you.”