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.