May 15

Women peacemakers born today

  • 1871 Naima Sahlbom born Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1957). Swedish geologist and international scientific expert on warfare. WILPF founding member and chair of its science committee.

  • 1890 Katherine Anne Porter born Indian Creek, TX (d. 1980). Lifelong pacifist and writer. Awarded Pulitzer Prize, 1966.

  • 1893 Fusae Ichikawa born Aichi, Japan (d. 1981). Pioneering Japanese suffragist. Founded first Japanese women's suffrage organization, 1924. Member of postwar Diet for 25 years.

  • 1938 Diane Nash born Chicago, IL. Founded Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, 1960.

  • 1954 Mu Sochua born Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Human rights activist. Founded Cambodia's first women’s organization Khemara, 1991. As Minister of Women’s Affairs, helped pass Prevention of Domestic Violence law, and negotiated agreements with neighboring lands to stop traffic in women, 1998-2004.

  • 1956 Susannah Heschel born New York. Professor of Jewish studies; antiwar activist: led rally against second year Iraq War New York 2005; feminist.

Women's peacemaking on this day

  • 1838 Anti-Slavery Convention of Women at Pennsylvania Hall, Philadelphia, headed by Mary Parker.

  • 1882 First Mother's Day, against war, led by Julia Ward Howe.

  • 1899 First international women's peace meeting, The Hague.

  • 1919 Barbara Gould and Eglantyne Jebb were arrested in Trafalgar Square for protesting deaths of German children caused by the Allied naval blockade.

  • 1930 Sarojini Naidu led nonviolent raid with wirecutters at Dharasana.

  • 1962 Seventy women arrested at Madrid's Central Plaza in show of solidarity with striking miners.
  • 1991 Women’s Geneva Conference for Israeli-Palestinian Peace issued their final declaration. “We, Palestinian, Israeli, and International women, declare our commitment to a peaceful resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the basis of UN Security Resolutions 242 and 338.”