Women peacemakers born today
1909 Eugenie Anderson born Adair, IA (d. 1997). League of Women Voters leader. First American woman to serve as ambassador, to Denmark, 1949-1953; Bulgaria, 1962-64. US delegate to UN 1965-69.
1916 Henriette Roosenburg born Netherlands (d. 1972). Journalist in Dutch resistance. Condemned to death by Germans.
1938 May Blood born Belfast, Northern Ireland. Labor organizer and community leader. First woman from Northern Ireland to join House of Lords. Co-founded women’s party Northern Ireland Woman’s Coalition (NIWC), 1996.
1966 Rebecca Masika Katsuva born Democratic Republic of Congo (d. 2016). “Mama Masika.” Victim of multiple wartime rapes; set up refuges for rape victims, South Kivu.
1969 Annike Spalde born Sweden. Swedish peace activist with Ofog (Mischief) DISARM group; arrested for break-in at Bofors arms plant 2008; jailed six months; protested arms for Indonesian use in Timor 1996; arrested in Bread Not Bombs campaign against Trident sub at Barrow 1998.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1872 In Rutherford, New Jersey, Lucretia Mott delivered her sermon "Peace of Nations."
1958 Women's Caravan of Peace, organized by Dora Russell, departed London.
1991 Opening of Ovum Pacis, the Women's International Peace University by Marcia Mason and Alice Wiser, Burlington, VT.
2013 Men and Women Working as Partners for Gender-Sensitive Active Nonviolence, The Hague.