March 26

Women peacemakers born today

  • 1877 Kate Richards O’Hare born Ada, KS (d. 1948). Socialist leader; prison reformer. First major protester against World War I. Organized Children’s Crusade, a march on Washington DC to demand amnesty for war resisters, 1922.

  • 1896 Clara Lemlich Shavelson born Gorodok, Ukraine (d. 1982). American labor leader, noted for Uprising of 20,000 shirtwaist workers 1909; suffragist; pacifist Communist; organized American League Against War and Fascism in 1930s; protested nuclear weapons; promoted UN Genocide Convention; opposed Vietnam War.

  • 1943 Elaine Chao born Taipei, Taiwan. Third female director of US Peace Corps, 1991-92; sent first volunteers to post-Soviet Russia. First Chinese-American Cabinet member, serving as Secretary of Labor, 2001-07.

Women's peacemaking on this day

  • 1915 Kathleen D’Olier Courtney decried the powerful making enemies of the powerless by leading them to war.

  • 1969 Shirley Chisholm's maiden speech denounced the Vietnam War as, "[a] return to the era of the Cold War, to ignore the war we must fight here—the war that is not optional."

  • 1997 Susan Lee Solar led a meeting of the Council of Women to End the Nuclear Age met at the Nevada Test Site.

  • 2011 Syrian women of Salamia began nonviolent protest against Assad regime, continuing for over two years.