Women peacemakers born today
1873 Sara Josephine Baker born Poughkeepsie, NY (d. 1945). Physician; first US woman to serve in League of Nations, as representative to Health Committee, 1922-24; pioneer in public health, esp. for immigrants.
1875 Eugenie Hamer born Louvain, Belgium. Belgian pacifist; journalist; from military family; co-founder of Belgian Alliance of Women for Peace through Education, 1906; founder of WILPF, 1915; inserted peace with justice into final resolution.
1887 Marianne Moore born Kirkwood, MO (d. 1972). Antiwar poet.
1916 Nita Barrow born Barbados (d. 1995). Nurse; educator; diplomat; organized UN Women's Conference Nairobi, 1985.
1928 Vinie Burrows born Harlem, NY. Actress and playwright. Activist promoting peace, justice, and reconciliation through theatre, focused on peace and disarmament, racial discrimination, women's issues, and economic/social development.
1975 Betty Amongi Ongom born Uganda. Ugandan cabinet minister in peace talks with Lord’s Resistance Army at Juba 2006; chair of Great Lakes Parliamentary Forum on Peace (AMANI) Uganda chapter
Women's peacemaking on this day
1917 "Night of Terror" at Occoquan Prison; suffragists tortured.
1972 Jeanne Cissé of Guinea elected first female president of UN Security Council.
1981 Second Women's Pentagon Action, with over 4,000 female participants.
1982 Eleven Greenham Women tried and found guilty; jailed at Holloway Prison.
1990 Conclusion of Women's Conference for Security & Cooperation, Berlin.
2000 Winnie Mandela voiced support of Bat Shalom's appeal for peace and an end to occupation.
2014 Off the coast of the Canary Islands, a Spanish navy vessel rammed a Greenpeace boat during an oil drilling protest, breaking the leg of activist Matilda Brunetti.