March 6

Women peacemakers born today

  • 1882 Sarah Wambaugh born Cincinnati, OH (d. 1958). Internationalist; political scientist; professor at Wellesley College and Radcliffe College. Expert on plebiscites; chosen by League of Nations to oversee Saar plebiscite, 1935; UN Observer of Greek elections, 1946, and Kashmir plebiscite, 1949.

  • 1942 Svetlana Gannushkina born Moscow. Russian mathematician; human rights activist. Peacekeeper in Karabakh War, aiding refugees' return, 1988; helped victims of Chechen wars, 1994.

  • 1946 Ruth Russell born Australia. Co-chair of WILPF Australia; formed human shield during bombing of Baghdad, 2003.

  • 1972 Marianne Thieme born Ede, Netherlands. Politician. Co-founded the Party for the Animals, seeking a society of sustainability and compassion, 2002; elected to Dutch House of Representatives, 2006. Opposed Dutch paramilitary program in Afghanistan, 2011.

Women's peacemaking on this day

  • 1282 Princess and peacemaker Agnes of Bohemia, known as "the half-sister of St. Clare of Assisi" died.

  • 1884 Susan B. Anthony and 100 suffragists called on President Arthur, demanding the vote for women.

  • 1983 The Australian Women's Peace Picnic protested the arms race.

  • 1983 Petra Kelly entered German parliament as leader of the Green Party.

  • 1983 In Cosimo, Italy, following the condemnation of a female rape victim, the first women's march against violence took place.

  • 2006 Cindy Sheehan and three other women arrested at UN headquarters in Iraq War protest.

  • 2014 150 Nigerian women protested Boko Haram killings. “NO MORE! ENOUGH OF THE KILLINGS!"

  • 2014 In Simferpol, Crimea, two members of FEMEN arrested for topless protest. "STOP PUTINS WAR"

  • 2015 In Beijing, five women arrested for plan to protest domestic violence by appearing in blood-spattered white dresses.