Women peacemakers born today
1894 Emma Gelders Sterne born Birmingham, AL (d. 1971). Children's history writer; Communist Party member; early opponent of Vietnam War. Member of civil rights organization Congress of Racial Equality (CORE); jailed 10 days for anti-draft protest, Oakland, CA, 1967.
1925 Carolyn Robertson Payton born Norfolk, VA (d. 2001). Psychologist; first woman and first African-American to head US Peace Corps, 1977-78; resigned in protest.
1947 Rafiah Salim born Kuala Krai, Kelantan, Malaysia. Lawyer; UN Assistant Secretary for Human Resources, 1998-2003; first woman university president, 2006.
1951 Lindsey German born Ewell, Surrey, London. British peace leader; socialist. Ran twice for mayor of London, 2004, 2008. Co-founded and served as convenor of Stop the War Coalition, 2001; sponsored the largest British public demonstration in history under the slogan "No war on Iraq—Freedom for Palestine," 2003.
1954 Evelin Lindner born Hameln, Lower Saxony, Germany. Norwegian psychologist and peace advocate; MD, PhD. Leader in humiliation studies; founded Better Global Understanding, 1993.
Women's peacemaking on this day
Feast Day of Julian of Norwich.
1915 First public meeting of British WILPF, chaired by Helena Swanwick.
1938 International Conference of Women for Peace, Marseilles.
1991 Niger women occupied Foreign Ministry Niamey in protest for representation in National Conference.
1991 Women’s International Conference for Israeli-Palestinian Peace, Geneva; through 15th.
1998 Ann Hercus of New Zealand appointed UN representative for Cyprus.
2006 Mothers Day protest against Iraq War at White House by Code Pink.
2007 In Karachi, Sabeen Mahmud opened T2F café, a project of PeaceNiche.
2015 Over 500 members of Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) peacefully protested President Mugabe's words against the Kalanga people.