Women peacemakers born today
1879 Alice Masaryk born Vienna, Austria (d. 1966). Czech humanitarian, sociologist; founded first national social work school 1928; “First Lady of Czechosovakia” 1922-35; nurse in WWI, of which she disapproved; imprisoned Vienna 9 months for treason, as daughter of Thomas Masaryk (first Czech President); first President Czech Red Cross 1919; exiled 1939-45, 1949.
1898 Septima P. Clark born Charleston, SC (d. 1981). "Grandmother of American civil rights movement." Nonviolent teacher at Highlander Folk School, 1954; colleague of Martin Luther King, Jr. in SCLC; pioneered Citizenship Schools.
1929 Jahanara Imam born Sundapur, Murshidabad, West Bengal, British India (d. 1994). “Mother of Martyrs.” Led movement for trial of criminals of Bangladeshi War of Liberation 1971; author and teacher.
1932 Edith Bruck born Tiszakarád, Hungary. Italian writer, poet, and cinematographer; holocaust survivor. Member of Ara Pacis Initiative Council for Dignity, Forgiveness, Justice & Reconciliation.
1961 Leyla Zana born Silvan, Diyarbakır. Turkish Kurd politician; first Kurdish woman elected to national parliament, 1991. Sentenced to 15-year prison term for wearing Kurdish colors, 1994.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1951 In Arkansas, 16-year-old Barbara Johns protested segregation, supported by Moton High School students' parents' endorsement, leading to Brown v. Board of Education decision.
1980 300 women of WONT (Women Opposed to Nuclear Technology) held protest, Hartford, CT.
2005 Lana Jacobs and husband arrested for digging graves on Missouri University campus to protest Iraq War.
2010 Carol Huston arrested Grand Central Terminal for dropping banner “TALK LESS; DISARM MORE.”
2014 Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson hosted 14th annual A World of Women for World Peace Conference, Dallas, TX.