Women peacemakers born today
1792 Sarah Moore Grimké born Charleston, SC (d. 1873). Quaker; nonviolent abolitionist; anarchist.
1827 Ellen Gould White born Gorham, ME (d. 1915). Founder of pacifist Seventh Day Adventists, 1863; founded Loma Linda Hospital, 1909; abolitionist.
1910 Jeannette Vermeersch (née Julie Vermeersch) born La Madaleine, Nord, France (d. 2001). French Communist leader who consistently opposed wars; demanded Immediate Withdrawal from Vietnam 1950; opposed nuclear weapons in France 1949; opposed Algerian War; against German rearmament 1957; openly opposed Russian invasion of Hungary 1957.
1929 Elinore Dannenberg Taylor born Huntington, WV (d. 2014). Playwright; English professor; Co-Chair Tri-State Peace Fellowship. Opposed Vietnam War, Contra aid; promoted Nuclear Freeze; arrested at Capitol for Contra protest.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1924 Eglantyne Jebb's Declaration of the Rights of the Child adopted by League of Nations.
1926 Finnish WILPF founded by Maikki Friberg.
1945 First World Congress of Women, Paris; 800 women dedicated to peace of communist lands.
2013 Colombian President Santos named Nigeria Renteria and Maria Riveros as delegates to peace talks between FARC and the Colombian government.
2010 Zimbabwe Supreme Court ruled women protesters were illegally arrested.