March 6

Women peacemakers born today

  • 1873 Elizabeth Fox Howard born Walthamstow, London, England (d. 1957). Quaker relief worker, author, poet, and impressionist artist. Visited imprisoned conscientious objectors and aided enemy internees during World War I. Led postwar reconciliation efforts with Germany. Served as hostess to Gandhi, London, 1931. Ran “Rest Home” refuge for concentration camp recovery, Bad Pyrmont, 1933-39. Arrested by Nazis, but released, 1935. Aided with German relief after World War II.

  • 1882 Sarah Wambaugh born Cincinnati, OH (d. 1958). Internationalist; political scientist; professor at Wellesley College and Radcliffe College. Expert on plebiscites.

  • 1942 Svetlana Gannushkina born Moscow. Russian mathematician; human rights activist. Peacekeeper in Karabakh War, aiding refugees' return, 1988.

  • 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.

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.