Women peacemakers born today
1818 Amelia Jenks Bloomer born Homer, NY (d. 1894). American leader against domestic violence; temperance leader and dress reformer; first editor of The Lily, paper wholly edited by women, 1849.
1819 Julia Ward Howe born Manhattan, NY (d. 1910). Pacifist leader. Wrote "Battle Hymn of the Republic," 1862. Founded Women's International Peace Association, 1871; established first Mothers' Peace Day, 1873.
1844 May Wright Sewall born Greenfield, WI (d. 1920). American suffragist and peace leader through World War I. Organized International Conference of Women Workers to Promote Permanent Peace, 1915; sailed on Ford's peace ship to stop war, 1915-16.
1900 Magda Portal born Barranco, Peru (d. 1989). Peruvian poet and feminist; anti-imperialist. Leader of Vanguardia literary movement. Founding member of Apristas, a nonviolent socialist revolutionary party.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1915 In Vienna, Aletta Jacobs made personal appeal for peace to Austro-Hungarian Foreign Minister von Burian.
1992 First government attempt to evict Greenham women failed.
1993 Rigoberta Menchú's petition for restoration of democratic government led to the overthrow of Guatemalan dictatorship.
2009 British authorities arrested Maya Evans outside Northwood Military Headquarters for taking part in a die-in protest to commemorate the second anniversary of the NATO bombing of a wedding party which resulted in the deaths of 47 Afghan civilians.
2015 In San Francisco, Iraqi mother Sundus Shaker Saleh filed an appeal to her previously-dismissed lawsuit that the Bush Administration acted illegally in waging the Iraq War.