May 11

Women peacemakers born today

  • 1894 Martha Graham born Pittsburgh, PA (d. 1991). "Mother of Modern Dance." Produced the three-part anti-war piece "Chronicle," 1936.

  • 1905 Marjorie Sykes born Mexborough, Yorkshire, England (d. 1995). Quaker; Gandhian peacemaker. Teacher at Tagore's Peace University, 1939-41; Sevagram Ashram, 1949-59. Trainer of nonviolent Peace Army 1959-64. Undertook Nagaland Peace Mission, 1964-67.

Women's peacemaking on this day

  • 1837 Sarah Grimké's resolution on peace education at Women’s Anti-Slavery Convention, New York City. "We recommend to mothers to educate their children in the principles of peace, and special abhorrence of that warfare, which gives aid to the oppressor against the oppressed."

  • 1915 First British meeting of WILPF, chaired by Catherine Marshall, Central Hall, London.

  • 1999 Hague Appeal for Peace, chaired by Cora Weiss"To reach peace we must teach peace."

  • 2014 In Plymouth, Massachusetts, a Mother's Day protest to close the Pilgrim nuclear plant resulted in the arrest of Diane Turco, Sarah Thacher, Susan Carpenter, and Barbara Conathan.