March 21

Women peacemakers born today

  • 1857 Alice Henry born Melbourne, Australia (d. 1943). Pioneering Australian pacifist and suffragist; journalist and labor leader.

  • 1900 Hanna Grunwald-Eisfelder born Berlin, Germany (d. 1994). American psychoanalyst. Founded Medical Aid for Refugee Children, 1933; made Honorary Chair of Amnesty International, 1978.

  • 1931 Alda Merini born Milan, Italy (d. 2009). Italian poetess; wrote antiwar songs, including “The Albatross”.

Women's peacemaking on this day

  • 1980 In Amherst, Massachusetts, 550 women attended the Eco-Feminist Conference "Women & Life on Earth." Grace Paley and Ynestra King delivered the opening statement, "We have come because life on Earth and the Earth itself is in terrible danger. . . The world has to have a future. We intend—furiously and with some joy—to connect this assaulted planet to that future."

  • 1980 Five Hampshire College women staged die-in protest at Pentagon; Eileen Brady served 14 days of 30-day sentence.

  • 1982 10,000 women demonstrated at Greenham Common; 300 women blockaded the base for 24 hours.

  • 1994 Four women arrested for cutting 700 meters of fence around Aldermaston Atomic Weapons Establishment.

  • 2003 Nurse MacGregor Eddy made silent solo vigil in black to protest the Iraq War, holding photo of Iraqi child and “PEACE,” Vandenburg AFB. "In the presence of this terrible wrong we must take a stand and bear witness."

  • 2003 Six Haverford College women students arrested for blocking entrance to Philadelphia Federal Building to protest Iraq War.

  • 2016 Justice Sylvia Steiner presided in International Criminal Court conviction of Jean-Pierre Bemba for war crimes.

  • 2016 Ariel Gold arrested in Code Pink protest at AIPAC conference, Washington DC.