June 3

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.