May 7

Women peacemakers born today

  • 1748 Olympe de Gouges born Montauban, Tarn, France (d. 1793). "Angel of Peace." Revolutionary feminist author and pamphleteer; human rights advocate. Wrote Declaration of the Rights of Women, 1791.

  • 1842 Gualberta Alaide Beccari born Padua, Italy (d. 1906). Journalist, suffragist, pacifist, and feminist. Founded first Italian women's rights journal La Donna, 1868-91; pioneered advocacy of women and peace, 1870.

  • 1907 Minerva Bernardino born Seibo, Dominican Republic (d. 1998). One of four women to sign UN Charter, 1945.

Women's peacemaking on this day

  • 1915 Premiere of Beulah Dix’s antiwar play “Moloch”, Chicago.

  • 1915 Jane AddamsRosa GenoniAletta JacobsChrystal Macmillan, and Rosika Schwimmer began a tour of European capitals, meeting with heads of state and seeking a peaceful resolution to World War I. In The Hague, they made an appeal for peace to Dutch Prime Minister Cort van der Linden.

  • 1963 Mothers Lobby for a Test Ban, Washington, DC by WILPF and Women Strike for Peace.

  • 1987 Six Pele Women (Women Aloud) arrested at Nevada test site.

  • 1997 Presiding Justice Gabrielle MacDonald opened first International War Crimes Tribunal, the Hague.

  • 2008 Algerian women launched radio station against violence and extremism.

  • 2015 Women’s Court: A Feminist Approach to Justice conference, Sarajevo.