May 14

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”.