Women peacemakers born today
1941 Csilla von Boeselager born Budapest, Hungary (d. 1994). "Angel of Budapest" Rescued thousands of East German refugees before fall of Iron Curtain; founded Hungarian Maltese Caritas, 1988. Awarded European Human Rights Prize, 1992; Liborius Peace Medal, 1992.
1959 Michaela Sburny born Vienna, Austria. Leader of Austrian Green Party supporting nonviolence, direct democracy, feminism, and human rights.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1838 Lucretia Mott and other women linked arms with black women, as mob burned Pennsylvania Hall, Philadelphia.
1919 In Zurich, the WILPF conference came to a close, prophesying, “the terms of peace can only lead to future wars.”
1930 Sarojini Naidu led third invasion of Dharasana saltworks.
1930 First Women's Yearly Peace March, Rotterdam.
1960 Lotta Dempsey’s column in the Toronto Daily Star sparked major women’s revolt against nuclear threat and the founding of Voice of Women (VOW).
1993 Nurse Terri Swearingen arrested at White House for chaining herself to a concrete block in protest against Ohio waste incinerator; government changed rules the next day.
2014 74-year-old grandmother Bonnie Block arrested during open house at Volk Field for leafleting against drones; jailed five days. “We can’t kill our way to peace and security.”