Women peacemakers born today
1865 Alice May Douglas born Bath, ME (d. 1943). Musical composer and founder of Peace Makers' Band; poet and author "The Peace-Makers" and story of Russian Mennonite exiles. Led Peace and Arbitration branch of Women's Christian Temperance Union; actively promoted peace education and peaceful settlement of disputes. Delivered paper "The Inconsistency of Military Drill" for Child Study Conference, Liege.
1958 Donna Edwards born Yanceyville, NC. Co-founder and first Director of National Network to End Domestic Violence, 1976; US Congresswoman for Maryland 2008-present. Arrested for civil disobedience in Darfur protest, 2009.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1960 Helen Tucker founded and assumed role of president of major Canadian peace organization VOW (Voice of Women). "Mankind must find another way than war to settle international differences."
1976 Women who invaded French military base Larzac arrested.
1981 Canada ended discrimination against First Nation women.
1994 Dorothy Brownold's Nuremberg Action at Concord Naval Weapons Depot ended in her arrest.
2006 Six Granny Peace Brigade protesters arrested at Philadelphia recruiting office. "Hey, take us. Don't take our children and our grandchildren!"
2008 Cape Verde became first government outside Europe to have a female-majority Cabinet.
2011 Five Saudi women arrested for driving in Jeddah.
2014 In Glasgow, four women arrested for climbing 174-foot Finnieston Crane to hoist banner "Resist Mi£itari$m" in protest of Armed Forces Day.
2017 Ellen Barfield arrested for interrupting Senate hearing on torture. “I am a veteran. I am deeply concerned about our soldiers, who are at risk for torture if our nation tortures.”