May 20

Women peacemakers born today

  • 1825 Antoinette Brown Blackwell born Henrietta, NY (d. 1921). Feminist; abolitionist; suffrage orator; author of books on science and philosophy. First woman Congregational Minister; mobbed at World's Temperance Convention, 1843.

  • 1947 Mary Day Kent born Easton, MD. Quaker; international education expert. WILPF Executive Director, 1999- 2007; led campaigns against Iraq War, nuclear weapons, and foreign military bases.

  • 1959 Barbara Lochbihler born Obergünzburg, Bavaria, Germany. Peace activist. WILPF Secretary General, 1992; head of Amnesty International Germany, 1999-2009. Member of European Parliament, representing Green Party, 2009-present.

  • 1959 Hélène Ryckmans born Thysville, Democratic Republic of Congo. Active peacemaker in Congo and development sociologist. Belgian President of World According to Women, 1996-2014. Chaired conference on Women, War & Peace, 2004. Green member of Senate, 2014. Nominated Woman of Peace, 2011.

Women's peacemaking on this day

  • 1960 Eroseanna Robinson released from Alderson Federal Penitentiary after 93-day fast for tax refusal.

  • 1985 Women's Peace Celebration St. John's NB where Roberta Buchanan's peace poem "I Moved All My Women Upstairs" was performed.

  • 1999 Declaration of Women's Conference on Peace and Nonviolence, Zanzibar. "We, Women of Africa, recognise that people's security is not only a matter of state and military security, but a question of economic livelihood and overall well-being."

  • 2012 21-year-old Israeli student Sahar Vardi rescued 8-year-old Palestinian boy from police beating.

  • 2015 Women peace activists, including Nobel Laureates Leymah Gbowee and Mairead Maguire, landed in Pyongyang, North Korea to cross to South Korea in an appeal for peace.