March 21

Women peacemakers born today

  • 1857 Alice Henry born Melbourne, Australia (d. 1943). Pioneering Australian pacifist and suffragist; journalist; labor leader. Anti-racist, anti-imperialist social democrat. Strongly opposed World War I; opposed Boer War.

  • 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.

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.