November 1

Women peacemakers born today

  • 1841 Minna Cauer born Freyenstein, Brandenburg (d. 1922). German journalist; pacifist; radical feminist; founding member of WILPF.

  • 1861 Corinne True born Oldham County, Kentucky (d. 1961). Baha'i "Mother of the Temple." Internationalist; pacifist. Established equality of women, the link to universal peace.

  • 1889 Hannah Höch born Gotha, Germany (d. 1978). Anti-war Dada artist and feminist.

  • 1934 Miriam DeCosta-Willis born Florence, AL. African-American professor of Romance languages. Early civil rights leader; marched with Martin Luther King, Jr., 1968; jailed in Memphis protest.

  • 1941 Nelsa Curbelo born Montevideo, Uruguay. Ecuadorean peacemaker; former nun. General coordinator, human rights organization SERPAJ. Founded Ser Paz ("Being Peace") with Guayaquil youth gangs, 1999. Nobel Peace Prize nominee, 2005.

  • 1948 Marjorie Cohn born Pomona, CA. Professor of international human rights. Editor and author, United States and Torture, 2011.

Women's peacemaking on this day

  • 1958 Delegation of London Women Against A-tests appealed to Test Ban Conference, Geneva.

  • 1961 Women Strike for Peace national demonstration, largest women's peace action to date (12,000-50,000 participants).

  • 1962 UN General Assembly adopted Convention on Consent to Marriage.

  • 1967 Thich Ku Thong immolated in Vietnam War protest.

  • 1983 400 women sat in silence at UNESCO office in Beirut's first women’s peace protest.

  • 1989 Jennifer Hoffman and Honey Nestel acquitted on necessity of defense at Westboro protest, Worcester, MA.

  • 1996 Louise Arbour appointed UN Prosecutor of Rwanda War Crimes.