November 22

Women peacemakers born today

  • 1874 Laura Puffer Morgan born Framingham, MA (d. 1962). Mathematician; internationalist; educator; editor; math for disarmament and international conferences 1921, 1930, 1932; journalist at League of Nations; proponent of UN; founded Institute on World Organization, 1941.

  • 1892 Mirabehn born Reigate, Surrey, England (d. 1982). Long-time associate of Gandhi; daughter of British admiral; arrested several times for civil disobedience.

  • 1924 Mum Shirl Smith born Cowra, New South Wales, Australia (d. 1998). Aboriginal Australian human rights leader; led 700+ women in anti-nuclear protest at Pine Gap, Nov. 1983.

  • 1952 Lydie Polfer born Luxembourg City, Luxembourg. Luxembourg Foreign Minister, 1999-2004, during European expansion by nine new states, and European Charter.

  • 1958 Jamie Lee Curtis born Los Angeles, CA. Actress; children's author, Is There Really a Human Race?; opponent of global warming and Iraq War.

  • 1984 Scarlett Johansson born New York, NY. Actress; promoted Move On against Iraq War; Oxfam ambassador.

Women's peacemaking on this day

  • 1908 Clara Lemlich called garment strike New York City.

  • 1913 First arrest of American suffragist. Lucy Burns fined one dollar for chalking meeting notice on Washington DC sidewalk.

  • 1918 Friends of Conscientious Objectors founded by Frances WitherspoonTracy Mygatt.

  • 2004 500,000 protested in Orange Revolution, Kiev.