June 27

Women peacemakers born today

  • 1869 Emma Goldman born Kovno, Russian Lithuania (d. 1940). Pacifist anarchist feminist editor and orator; arrested 1917 for draft resistance; jailed 18 months; deported 1919.

  • 1880 Helen Keller born Tuscumbia, AL (d. 1968). Deaf and blind pacifist, radical socialist, suffragist.

  • 1893 Crystal Bird Fauset born Princess Anne, MD (d. 1965). First female Black state legislator in US 1938; founded Africa House New York City c. 1955; co-founded UN Council of Philadelphia; headed American Friends Service Committee section of interracial section 1927.

  • 1915 Grace Lee Boggs born Providence, RI. Chinese American philosopher, civil rights and anti-racism activist.

  • 1957 Mary McAleese born Ardoyne, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Second woman president of Ireland, 1997, who made her goal "Building Bridges" to create peace.

Women's peacemaking on this day

  • 1833 Prudence Crandall arrested for teaching African-American students, Canterbury CT.

  • 1964 Graduation of 600 Freedom Summer volunteers at Western College for Women in Ohio.

  • 1967 "Women's Liberation Workshop" of Students for Democratic Society was spark for women's liberation.

  • 1996 The International Criminal Court issued an indictment against 8 Bosnian Serbs, marking the first time sexual assaults were charged as a war crime.

  • 2006 Gyung-lan Jung led South Korean women’s appeal for peace. “[P]eace cannot occur (in the) Korean peninsula through military means. . .  We commit ourselves to active involvement as 'peacemakers' and 'reconciliators' working to resolve the current situation peacefully and seeking sustainable peace on the Korean peninsula.”