March 23

Women peacemakers born today

  • 1876 Ada James born Richland Center, WI (d. 1952). Leading Wisconsin suffragist and progressive reformer. Active in WILPF and War Resisters League.

  • 1884 Florence Ellinwood Allen born Salt Lake City, UT (d. 1966). Lawyer and judge; peace activist and poet. First woman in the world to sit on a supreme court, state of Ohio, 1922.

  • 1933 Ceija Stojka born Kraubath, Austria. Romani musician, painter, and author. Auschwitz survivor; writes on human rights and survival in concentration camps.

  • 1950 Valgerður Sverrisdóttir born Eyjafjörður, Iceland. Icelandic politician. First female Foreign Minister of Iceland, 2006-07; oversaw sending of Icelandic peacekeepers to Sri Lanka, 2006; allocated 1 million dollars to UN Peacebuilding Fund, 2006.

Women's peacemaking on this day

  • 1911 Ethel Smyth conducted a performance of her suffragist anthem "March of the Women" during a rally at London's Royal Albert Hall.
  • 2003 Southern Caucasus Regional Coalition Women for Peace established to promote women's role in conflict resolution, peace-building and development in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia.

  • 2011 Canadian peace-building network PeaceBuild held Women's political participation in peace processes workshop, Ottawa, Canada.