Women peacemakers born today
1891 Marie Luise Pleissner born Chemnitz, Saxony, Germany (d. 1983). German Quaker war-resister; opposed WWI, joining “Never War Again”; early member International FOR; founded chapter of World Peace League of Mothers and Educators 1932; survived 8 months in Ravensbrück prison; postwar member of Saxony legislature; active in peace movement.
1921 Yuri Kochiyama born San Pedro, CA. Interned in US concentration camp; lobbied for reparations. Nobel Peace Prize nominee, 2005.
1926 Gloria Emerson born New York, NY (d. 2004). New York Times war correspondent, reporting from Vietnam, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, and Gaza.
1930 Lorraine Hansberry born Chicago, IL (d. 1965). African-American playwright. Wrote pioneering play about the black experience for Broadway, A Raisin in the Sun, 1959; supported Women Strike for Peace opposition to House Un-American Activities Committee investigation, 1962.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1919 Eglantyne Jebb founded Save the Children, London.
1955 Nonviolent women's organization Black Sash founded, Johannesburg.
1982 Barbara Wiedner founded Grandmothers for Peace, Sacramento, CA.
2008 UN Peacebuilding Commission issued summary on Sierra Leone Peacebuilding Cooperation Framework.
2015 In Burrillville, RI, Sherrie Anne Andre made 60-foot-high tree sit protest against natural gas pipeline expansion.