May 25

Women peacemakers born today

  • 1680 Elizabeth Haddon born Southwark, London (d. 1762). Quaker. Only American woman to found a frontier town, Haddonfield NJ, 1701. Befriended local Lenape tribe with nonviolence.

  • 1882 Alice Herz born Hamburg, Germany (d. 1965). Librarian; peace activist. Jewish refugee denied citizenship for her refusal to defend country by arms. Died of burns after self-immolation to protest Vietnam War, Detroit, 1965.

  • 1900 Eva Hermann (née Lüddecke) born Grünenplan bei Hildesheim, Lower Saxony, Germany (d. 1997). German Quaker. Involved with Fellowship of Reconciliation. Sentenced to three years in prison, 1943. Honored as “Righteous Among the Nations” for her efforts to saving Jews during World War II.

  • 1953 Eve Ensler born Scarsdale, NY. Pacifist author and filmmaker; playwright of anti-violence play "The Vagina Monologues", 2000.

Women's peacemaking on this day

  • 1985 Greenham base invaded by 400 women against Anne Francis's sentence to a year in jail.

  • 1995 Navi Pillay of South Africa elected judge of Rwanda War Crimes Tribunal.

  • 2006 First Nation activist Harriet Nahanee and Betty Krawczck arrested for environmental protest Vancouver.

  • 2008 “Message to the World” of peace and love song released by Nancy Ajram.