May 1

Women peacemakers born today

  • 1830 Mary Harris Jones AKA Mother Jones born Cork, Ireland (d. 1930). "The Miner’s Angel." American labor organizer; socialist. Led women’s strike, 1900.

  • 1899 Alice Franklin Bryant born Fredericktown, MO (d. 1977). Lifelong peace activist and human rights advocate. Campaigned against Senator Scoop Jackson’s militarist policies with slogan "Military strength will not win world peace," 1958, 1964.

  • 1936 Loretta Filipov. Wife of 9/11 victim. Founding member of September 11 Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, 2002.

  • 1939 Judy Collins born Seattle, WA. Folk singer and songwriter; lifelong peace activist. Arrested for Vietnam War protest, 1973; arrested for Apartheid protest, Washington DC, 1985. UNICEF representative in Bosnia, 1995.

  • 1946 Joanna Lumley born Srinagar, Kashmir. British actress. Active in international causes of UNICEF, Amnesty International, ActionAid, animal rights; Buddhist.

  • 1950 Swanee Hunt born Dallas, TX. US Ambassador to Vienna, 1993; founding director of Kennedy School of Women and Public Policy, 1997. Founded Women Waging Peace, 1999. Women's Hall of Fame honoree, 2007.

Women's peacemaking on this day

  • 1869 Jenny d’Hèricourt proposed Universal Woman's League for Woman's Rights and Universal Peace, Chicago.

  • 1915 Close of First International Congress of Women, The Hague. Adopted Rosika Schwimmer's proposal to send women envoys to warring leaders.

  • 1916 Nella Giacomelli arrested for manifesto to Italian women against war.

  • 1933 Catholic Worker first sold by Dorothy Day, promoting peace and social justice.

  • 1944 German resistance leader Sophie Scholl joined the White Rose resistance.

  • 1985 In San Diego, Linda Smith founded Mothers Embracing Nuclear Disarmament (MEND).

  • 1991 Italian and Serbian women held The Peace Caravan in Kosovo.