May 19

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.