November 18

Women peacemakers born today

  • 1785 Henrietta Sargent born Gloucester, MA (d. 1871). Pioneering abolitionist; founder of Female Anti-Slavery Society, Boston; 1835 meeting mobbed.

  • 1888 Sumako Fukao (d. 1974). Japanese poet. Repudiated her wartime militarism to become absolute pacifist.

  • 1932 Melissa F. Wells born Tallin, Estonia. UN Undersecretary for Administration, 1992-3; 40-year career US diplomat; ambassador to ECOSOC, 1977; Cape Verde, 1977; Mozambique, 1987; Zaire, 1991; Estonia, 1998; Special Representative to Sudan, 1994.

  • 1944 Jackie Goldberg born Los Angeles, CA. Student peace activist, teacher, and politician. Founded Campus Women for Peace at UC Berkeley, 1962. Protested atomic bomb shelters; arrested as leader in Free Speech movement. President, Los Angeles School Board. Member of California State Assembly, 2001-06.

  • 1946 Naomi Chazan born Jerusalem. Israeli politician. Expert on African politics. Member of Knesset, 1992-2003. President, New Israel Fund, 2008-12.

  • 1957 Susana Malcorra born Argentina. UN Undersecretary for Field Support of Peace and Humanitarian Operations, 2008; Deputy Director of World Food Program, 2004.

Women's peacemaking on this day

  • 1872 Susan B. Anthony arrested for voting.

  • 1910 "Black Friday" London police attacked suffragists' mass lobby of parliament.

  • 1929 Nwanyereuwa began Igbo Women's Revolt in Nigeria.

  • 1977 First National Women's Conference through 21st, Houston, TX.

  • 1991 Betsy Corner and Randy Kehler served eviction notice for war tax refusal.

  • 2006 Tegla Loroupe sponsored Peace Marathon Kapenguria, Kenya by 2000 warriors.