Women peacemakers born today
1830 Louise Michel born Vroncourt, Lorraine, France (d. 1905). "The red virgin of Montmartre." Nurse and school teacher; anarchist. Member of the Paris Commune who stood against French government soldiers.
1873 Elizabeth Cutter Morrow born Cleveland, OH (d. 1955). Internationalist; poet; mother of Anne Morrow Lindbergh. Promoted reconciliation with Mexico with ambassador husband Dwight; founded Food for Freedom.
1947 Franghiz Ali-Zadeh born Baku, Azerbaijan. Pianist and composer. Named UNESCO Artist for Peace for "her contribution to spreading UNESCO’s message of peace and tolerance," 2008.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1961 In Jackson, Mississippi, Clarie Collins Harvey founded Womanpower Unlimited to aid Freedom Riders; relying on “the inner, divine power of women, as all women work together for peace among the people of a given community, nation, and in the world.”
1966 Three Vietnamese women died of self-immolation: 57-year-old nun Thich Nu Tran Quang at Dieu de Pagoda, Hue; Nun Thich Nu Vinh Ngoc, Saigon; laywoman Ho Thi Thieu, Saigon.
1995 Jennifer Harbury went to Guatemala to find her "disappeared" husband.
2000 In Windhoek, Namibia, the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations opened a seminar to increase the role of women in peacemaking.
2009 UN observed International Day of Peacekeeping with emphasis on Women in Peacekeeping: The Power to Empower.
2010 Delma Nori launched first Solomon Islands women’s party: 12 Pillars for Peace & Prosperity.
2014 Dozens of Liberian war widows protested for benefits, Monrovia.