June 23

Women peacemakers born today

  • 1716 Ann Cooper Whitall born Woodbury, NJ (d. 1797). Quaker heroine of Battle of Red Bank 1777. Opened home to wounded Hessians and Americans and tended their wounds.

  • 1867Auguste Kirchhoff born Ansbach, Rhineland (d. 1940). German suffragist, feminist, pacifist and social reformer. Head of German WILPF.

  • 1879 Huda Sha’arawi born Minya, Egypt (d. 1947). Pioneering Muslim feminist. Poet and author; Egyptian nationalist. Organized largest women’s protest against British rule, March 1919. Led women’s pickets of Parliament, January 1924.

  • 1898 Winifred Holtby born Rudston, Yorkshire (d. 1935). Ardent feminist and socialist. Pacifist novelist, poet, and journalist. Lifelong close friend of Vera Brittain. Lecturer on League of Nations; anti-racism activist.

  • 1942 Anne Ashmore-Hudson born Atlanta, GA. Psychologist; early member of Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee; jailed four days 1960 for first sit-in against segregation Atlanta City Hall.

Women's peacemaking on this day

  • 1916 Women's Peace Crusade demonstration by 5,000 women Glasgow.

  • 1938 Liselotte Herrmann executed by guillotine for treason; first woman resister executed by the Nazi regime.

  • 1953 Trial of Orlie Pell of War Resisters League for disobeying civil defense drill New York City.

  • 1976 The Hilton Affair, Tel Aviv: Nonviolent protest at gynecological convention led by Marcia Freedman. "My body belongs to me!"

  • 2006 Breasts Not Bombs protest at Oakland recruiting center.

  • 2017 Second Women for Peace Conference, Seefeld. Tirol, Austria through 25th.