Women peacemakers born today
1875 Lola Maverick Lloyd born Castroville, TX (d. 1944). Pacifist; suffragist; founder WILPF and Womens Peace Party, 1915; organized expedition of Ford Peace ship, 1915; mother of world government advocate Georgia Lloyd.
1885 Anna Louise Strong born Friend, Nebraska (d. 1970). American journalist; pacifist; Socialist. Opposed WWI militarism and draft; defended conscientious objectors; arrested and tried for anti-conscription stand, not convicted by hung jury. Worked with AFSC Volga famine relief, 1921; long-time supporter of Communist China.
1912 Nela Martínez born Colloctor, Cañar, Ecuador (d. 2004). Defender of international human rights. Co-founded Alianza Femenina Ecuatoriana (Ecuadorian Women's Alliance), 1937. Communist leader of Glorious May Revolution, overthrowing dictator Carlos Arroyo del Rio, 1944. First woman in Ecuadorian parliament, 1944-45.
1961 Arundhati Roy born Shillong, Kerala, India. Indian activist; critic of wars in Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, and Kashmir; opposed Indian nukes; recipient of Sydney Peace Prize for nonviolence, 2004.
1985 Yara Sallam born Heliopolis, Cairo. Egyptian human rights lawyer. Arrested and sentenced to 3 years for nonviolent protest at presidential palace, Cairo, 2014. Promoted human rights in The Gambia.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1910 Evelyn Underhill completed Mysticism. "The law of love is the energizing cause of the heroic."(447)
1914 New York premiere of Beulah Dix’s antiwar play “Across the Border”.
1918 Suffragist women (NAWSA) asked Pres. Wilson for role in peace conference.
1983 Ploughshares activists Jackie Allen, Kathleen Rumpf, Elizabeth McAlister, and Clare Grady damaged B-52 planes at Griffiss AFB; imprisoned.
1993 Conclusion of Manila Conference "Women, Violence & Nonviolent Action."
2013 Catherine Ashton helped broker Geneva interim agreement on Iranian nuclear program.