May 18

Women peacemakers born today

  • 1836 Isabella Tod born Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1896). Northern Irish feminist and internationalist who opposed imperialism and use of force.

  • 1874 Madeleine Pelletier born Paris, France (d. 1939). French internationalist and pacifist; anarcho-socialist, radical feminist; physician and pioneering psychiatrist. Founded magazine La Suffragiste, 1907. Died in asylum where she was sentenced for giving abortions to poor women.

  • 1936 Mae Francis Moultrie Howard born Dillon, SC (d. 2010). Educator; ordained minister. Civil rights activist. Freedom Rider.

  • 1937 Roberta Buchanan born Uitenhage, Eastern Cape, South Africa. Canadian poet and professor of English and Women’s Studies.

Women's peacemaking on this day

  • 1901 Margarethe Lenore Selenka organized first annual peace propaganda celebrations of Hague Peace Conference.

  • 1904 In Paris, the first international treaty for protection of women (“International Agreement for the Suppression of the White Slave Traffic") was signed by 13 nations.

  • 1906 Establishment of Women’s Section of Portuguese League for Peace, Lisbon.
  • 1931 WILPF celebrated National Goodwill Day with an appeal for disarmament.

  • 1948 Tax resisters Ernest and Marion Bromley married.

  • 1972 Maggie Kuhn founded Gray Panthers, opposing the Vietnam War.

  • 1979 Karen Silkwood won lawsuit against Kerr-McGee for radiation poisoning.

  • 1982 Seven women began fast for Equal Rights Amendment, Springfield, IL.