March 10

Women peacemakers born today

  • 1847 Kate Sheppard born Liverpool, England (d. 1934). Leader of world's first successful suffrage campaign, bringing voting rights to women of New Zealand, 1893.

  • 1875 Eleanor May Moore born Victoria, Australia (d. 1949). Pacifist; WILPF leader. Founding member and international secretary of Sisterhood of International Peace, 1915; author of The Quest for Peace, 1949.

  • 1897 Lillian Wald born Cincinnati, OH (d. 1940). Nurse and settlement founder. Founder and first president of American Union Against Militarism, 1914.

  • 1898 Hazel Wolf born Victoria, Canada (d. 2000). Peace advocate; environmentalist; human rights activist. Communist party member unsuccessfully tried for deportation by INS, 1949-63.

  • 1928 Silvia Tennenbaum born Frankfurt am Main, Germany. American author; Jewish critic of Israeli violence.

Women's peacemaking on this day

  • 1985 In Seattle, dozens of women arrested in anti-Apartheid protest.

  • 1990 Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge led an all-night peace vigil held by Natal Organization of Women at Mpumalanga, South Africa.

  • 1992 Washington DC Catholic Worker Mary Berberich fined $1000 plus 3 years probation for pouring blood and spray-painting "500 Years of Genocide" on a statue of Christopher Columbus.

  • 1992 Serb women resisted draft of their relatives, Tresnjevac.

  • 1994 Helen Woodson poured red paint and cranberry juice on courthouse desk in anti-nuclear protest, for which she received a 51-month jail sentence. "What you will be doing today is setting the date for my next action, and I invite you to be there that day."