Women peacemakers born today
1919 Solange Chaput-Rolland born Montréal, Quebec, Canada (d. 2001). Writer, politician, and peace activist. Leader of Voice of Women for Peace (VOW). Member of Quebec National Assembly, 1979-81; Canadian Senator, 1988-94.
1950 Jill Stein born Chicago, IL. Physician and politician. As Green Party presidential candidate, won 469,501 votes, the most successful female candidate in history, 2012; ran strong antiwar campaign.
1955 Amke Dietert-Scheuer born Brake, Lower Saxony, Germany. Development consultant. Green Party member of German Bundestag, 1994-99, 2002.
1955 Ulrike Hofken born Düsseldorf, Germany. Farmer and agricultural expert interested in biodiversity and sustainability. Green Party representative, 1994.
1960 Simonetta Sommaruga born Zug, Switzerland. Pianist. Socialist member of Swiss Parliament, 1999; president of private development organization Swissaid, 2003.
1963 Gloria Richardson and her mother were arrested for sit-in at Dizziland restaurant.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1940 Quaker Bertha Bracey loaded last Children’s Transport of Jewish children aboard freighter Bodegraven at Ymuiden, Holland, the day before Dutch surrender.
1946 Victoria Demarest founded World Association of Mothers for Peace, Spokane, WA.
1982 Greenham women ordered out of base by Newbury Court.
1986 In Lima, Peru, Guadalupe Coallacunto Olano was arrested for protest against disappearances.
2000 Million Moms protest Washington DC for gun control on Mother’s Day, organized by Donna Dees-Thomases.
2002 Thirty-four Indian women met Bangladeshi women at Women’s Initiative for Peace in South Asia-sponsored “Journey of Peace: Kolkata to Dhaka”.