Women peacemakers born today
- 1886 Ellen Starr Brinton born West Chester, PA (d. 1954). Quaker; internationalist; feminist; early leader of WILPF. Founded Swarthmore Peace Collection, 1935.
1891 Marcelle Capy born Cherbourg, France (d. 1962). French journalist and public speaker. Founded anti-war feminist weekly La Vague, 1916.
1933 Maya John Ingty born Assam, India. Indigenous Karbi peacemaker.
1945 Brenda Travis born McComb, MS. Civil rights activist; Joined SNCC, 1960. Arrested for walk-in, buying bus ticket and waiting for bus, 1961; jailed one month for trespassing. Arrested again when she tried to go back to school.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1919 Following the death of Hamidah Khalil by a British bullet, approximately 150-300 upper-class women, both Christian and Muslim, marched through the streets of Cairo in protest.
1965 Alice Herz immolated herself in protest against Vietnam War. "I choose the illuminating death of a Buddhist to protest against a great country trying to wipe out a small country with no reason."
1972 Librarian Zoia Horn refused to testify against antiwar activists, for which she was jailed 20 days.
1983 Comiso women protesters released and deported by Italian government.
1988 Helen Woodson protested nuclear weapons by walking out of Alderson Prison.
2003 Rachel Corrie killed by Israeli bulldozer at Rafah, Gaza. "I really can't believe that something like this can happen in the world without a bigger outcry about it. It really hurts me. . . to witness how awful we can allow the world to be."
2017 Jewish women Tamar Ze’evi and Tamar Alon arrested for sixth time for refusing military service and taking part in occupation.