November 16

Women peacemakers born today

  • 1528 Jeanne d’Albret, Queen of Navarre, born St. Germain-en-Laye (d. 1572). Daughter of peacemaker Queen Marguerite of Navarre. Ruler of Protestant kingdom during Wars of Religion, 1555-72.

  • 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.