Women peacemakers born today
1780 Elizabeth Fry born Norwich, England (d. 1845). "Angel of the Prisons." English Quaker prison reformer; advocate for homeless.
1800 Susan Sisson born Portsmouth, RI (d. 1882). American Quaker abolitionist. Founding member of New England Non-Resistance Society, 1838.
1889 Germaine Malaterre-Sellier born Paris, France (d. 1967). French feminist and suffrage leader. Vice-President, Women’s Union for the League of Nations (UFSDN); Vice-President, International League for Moral Disarmament by Women; President of peace section, National Council of French Women. Chaired Peace Committee of International Council of Women.
1899 Ilse Langner born Breslau, Germany (d. 1987). German antiwar playwright and poet.
1908 Olga Poblete de Espinosa born Tacna, Chile (d. 1999). Chilean peace activist; professor of world history and education; feminist “founding matriarch” of Movement for Emancipation of Women (MEMCH). Founded Chilean peace movement, 1950; assumed its presidency, 1960; openly opposed Pinochet dictatorship, 1973. Awarded World Peace Council gold medal, 1959; Lenin Peace Prize, 1962.
1930 Rita Corbin born Indianapolis, IN (d. 2011). Anti-war artist; Catholic Worker.
1944 Mary Robinson born Ballina, Mayo, Ireland. International Human Rights Law professor. First woman president of Ireland, 1990-97. Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience for Human Rights, 2004.
1949 Marsha Feinland born Far Rockaway, NY. Teacher; union leader; Peace and Freedom candidate for president, 1996; won 243,407 votes for US Senate, 2004.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1660 Quaker Mary Dyer returned to Boston after being whipped out of Massachusetts and threatened with capital punishment if she returned.
1881 Clara Barton organized American Red Cross in Washington DC.
1930 Sarojini Naidu led nonviolent salt protests at Dharasana; 320 injured, two killed, Naidu arrested.
2000: Sharon Bhagwan-Rolls led Blue Ribbon Peace Vigil of multi-ethnic women protesting military coup, Suva, Fiji.
2015 In London, two Alaskan indigenous women passed out origami “roses of resistance” to Shell oil executives to protest drilling.