May 13

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.