Women peacemakers born today
1889 Lula Vollmer born Keyser, NC (d. 1955). Broadway actress and playwright. Appalachian folk play “Sun-up” (1923) features nonviolence: Widow Cagle counsels draft resistance and shelters conscientious objector; decides not to kill for killing her husband, concluding that peace can come only from love and realizing our common humanity.
1911 Gertrud Lutz Fankhauser born Rechthalten, Fribourg, Switzerland (d. 1995). Swiss humanitarian. As wife of Swiss consul, she looked after German civilians interned in Palestine, 1939-41. Helped rescue over 60,000 Jews in Hungary, 1942-45; hid 50 in basement, Budapest, 1944-45. Offered postwar children’s aid in Yugoslavia and Finland. Served as first head of UNICEF Poland, 1949-51; UNICEF Brazil, 1951-65; Turkey, 1965-66. Later headed UNICEF Europe and North Africa. Cared for a million children in Biafra War, 1967-68. Awarded Yad Vashem Righteous of the Nations, 1964.
1924 Jo Bristah born Moulmein, Burma (d. 2011). Daughter of missionaries. Founded the second American peace studio, the Swords into Plowshares (SIP) Peace Center, Detroit, 1985.
1925 Trude Unruh born Essen, Germany. Co-founder of the Green Party, supporting the environment, human rights, a nuclear-free Europe, and friendship with East Germany, 1978. Member of German Parliament, representing the Grey Panther Party, 1987-90.
1971 Rachel Weisz born London, England. British actress. Supporter of World Food Program.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1962 Women’s Day for Peace celebrated in United Kingdom by peace organization Voice of Women, organized by Judith Cook.
1965 First Selma March, taking inspiration from the actions of Diane Nash.
1996 500 Guatemalan women marched on the National Palace in protest of violence against women.
2006 In Maputo, Mozambique, Spanish Vice President Maria Teresa Fernández De La Vega addressed International Women’s Day first forum "Spain-Africa: Women for a better world."
2011 75 Boston women protested at Massachusetts State House. "BRING OUR WAR $$ HOME"
2017 Susan Crane, Allison McGilivray, and Mary Jane Parrine were arrested for blocking gate to submarine base with sign “ABOLISH NUCLEAR WEAPONS”, Bangor, WA.