Women peacemakers born today
- 1853 Hannah Kent Schoff born Upper Darby, PA (d. 1940). Social reformer for children's rights; organized International Conference on Child Welfare 1908 Washington DC.
- 1926 Flora MacDonald born North Sydney, Nova Scotia (d. 2003). First woman Foreign Minister of Canada 1979; Pearson Medal of Peace 1999; President World Federalists of Canada; Chair International Development Research Centre 1992; Carnegie Commission on the Prevention of Deadly Conflict (1994-1999).
1943 Scilla Elworthy born Galashiels, Scotland. Founded Oxford Research Group for peace dialog 1982; started Peace Direct 2003 supporting local peacemaking; first S.African multiracial theater; began campaign against genital mutilation 1978; Niwano Peace Prize 2003; international relations scholar.
1954 Mariateresa Di Lascia born Rocchetta Sant'Antonio, Foggia, Italy (d. 1994) Radical Italian reformer; author. Coordinated Survival 82 international campaign against world hunger; co-founded Hunger Day in sympathy with victims of Balkan War, 1992.
1955 Margot Kässmann born Marburg, Hesse, Germany. Lutheran bishop. First woman to head the German Evangelical Council, 2009; opposed German participation in Afghan War, 2009; signed German leaders’ antiwar protest, 2014. Opposed NATO missiles, 1983; against all war, including World War I.
1965 Pauline Silver Acayo born Gulu-Lira borderlands, Uganda. Catholic Relief nun. Helped over 2,000 abducted children, adults, and former soldiers reintegrate into their former communities; encouraged national peace and reconciliation talks. Coordinated with People's Voice for Peace to establish women peace committees. Joined Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice Women PeaceMakers Program, 2005.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1903 Caroline Kauffman and Madeleine Pelletier leafleted French parliament with suffragist literature.
1913 At the Epsom Derby, suffragette Emily Davison died as she attempted to grab the bridle of the racehorse Anmer, owned by King George V.
1946 US Supreme Court decided 6-1 in favor of Irene Morgan's bus boycott for civil rights.
1992 Earth Summit Rio de Janeiro organized by Françoise Cestac; 180 nations, 118 chiefs of state was largest international conference to date.