Women peacemakers born today
1859 Ellen Gates Starr born Laona, IL (d. 1940). Socialist; labor organizer; social worker; artist. Organizer of women’s strikes. Co-founded Hull House with Jane Addams, 1889.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1563 The Peace of Amboise, negotiated by the Princess of Condé, was signed, ending the first French Wars of Religion.
1911 The First International Women’s Day was celebrated across central Europe.
1970 More than 100 women staged the Ladies' Home Journal Sit-In at the magazine's New York office, demanding editorial changes and fairer working conditions for female staffers.
- 1973 Ginetta Sagan issued Amnesty International's first Urgent Action, an appeal to locate economics professor Luiz Rossi, detained by Brazilian military and police with no explanation.
1989 Cypriot organization Women Walk Home crossed the Green Line, in protest of the military border which divides Cyprus east-to-west.
1994 Three women crashed the Steeplebush Gate at Menwith Hill base.
2003 Diplomat Ann Wright resigned from her US State Separtment position in protest of Iraq War.
2003 During bombing of Baghdad, Kathy Kelly of Voices in the Wilderness said, “I feel passionately prepared to insist that war is never an answer.”
2011 Ten imprisoned Syrian women began hunger strike, Duma Jail, Damascus.
2012 Barbara Dowling given 3-month jail sentence for defacing Dumbarton courthouse with political graffiti reading, "[T]his court does not uphold international law," in reference to the legal status of the Trident nuclear weapon system.