June 4

Women peacemakers born today

  • 1926 Judith Malina born Kiel, Germany. American pioneer of political theater; founded Living Theater, 1947. Active in War Resisters League and Women Strike for Peace. Refused taxes for Vietnam.

  • 1940 Adelaide Aglietta born Turin, Italy (d. 2000). Politician; Gandhian disciple. Italian Radical Party Parliament delegate, 1979-85, 1987-89. Headed Green Party in European Parliament, opposing Gulf War and supporting ecological responsibility, 1990-94; member of European Parliament, 1989-99.

  • 1958 Kimberly Prost born Canada. UN Security Council Ombudsman on sanctions, 2010; judge on Yugoslav War Crimes Tribunal, 2006-10.

  • 1975 Angelina Jolie born Los Angeles. Actress; anti-landmine activist. UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, 2001.

Women's peacemaking on this day

  • 1915 In Rome, Jane Addams and Aletta Jacobs made personal appeal for peace to Italian Foreign Minister Sonino.

  • 1966 Three Vietnamese women immolated themselves, including 27-year-old Thich Nu Dieu Tri at Dha Trang pagoda; also Thich Nu Bao Luan.
  • 1970 24-year-old Thich Nu Lien Tap immolated herself in Vietnam.
  • 1999 Navi Pillay of South Africa named President of Rwanda War Crimes Tribunal.
  • 2011 First European Slut Walk protesting sex violence, Amsterdam, 700 women; first Latin American Slut Walk, São Paulo, Brazil.
  • 2012 Jane Hirshfield dedicated poem “Benediction of Peace” at Zen Concert for Peace.

  • 2015 Lindis Percy arrested RAF Fairford for protest against US planes going to Ukraine: “WAR IS NO SOLUTION—NOT IN MY NAME.”