Women peacemakers born today
1870 Lilian Stevenson born Dublin, Ireland (d. 1960). "The Grande Dame of Christian Pacifism." Founder of International Fellowship of Reconciliation, 1914; author of bibliography of peace books for children.
1915 Opal Brooten born (d. 1992). Artist; feminist; anti-nuclear activist of Coeur d'Alene, ID. Citizen diplomat on Soviet American Peace walk through Ukraine, 1988.
1930 Landon Pearson born Toronto. Canadian peace leader. Senator; wife of diplomat; human rights advocate, esp. children.
1955 Marie-Hélène Aubert born Nantes, Brittany, France. Literature professor and ecologist politician. Green Party deputy to National Assembly, 1997-2002; Assembly vice-president, 2001; Green Party member, European Parliament, 2002-08. Co-authored report on Polynesia nuclear tests, 1999; rapporteur on Kyoto Climate Protocol, 2000. Proposed nonviolent Civil Intervention for Peace.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1231 Feast and death Day of St. Elizabeth of Hungary (b. 1203). Altruist ruler of County of Thuringia; tertiary of nonviolent St. Francis.
1980 In Washington D.C., Ynestra King led the beginning of the Women's Pentagon Action.
2011 33 Chilean woman occupied “Devil’s Draft” abandoned mine at Lota and began fast for rights.
2013 Nina De Chiffre charged with sexual assault after kissing riot policeman’s visor at protest, Susa, Italy.