November 27

Women peacemakers born today

  • 1854 Louise Nørlund born Beder, Denmark (d. 1919). Danish suffragist and pacifist teacher. Founding member of WILPF, to which Danish Women's Peace Chain joined, 1916. Occupation by Danish and German troops in 1864 war inspired her anti-militarism.

  • 1873 Ellen Newbold LaMotte born Louisville, KY (d. 1961). Nurse; anti-opium crusader; anti-imperialist; experienced World War I as nurse in France.

  • 1891 Mildred Thompson born Atlanta, GA (d. 1975). Historian; internationalist; only woman delegate to London Allied Conference on Education, 1944; drafter of UNESCO Charter, 1945; Dean of Vassar College, 1923-47.

  • 1932 Helen Singleton born Philadelphia, PA. Freedom Rider.

  • 1936 Erni Friholt born Lilienfeld, Austria. Swedish Gandhian peace worker, advocate of nonviolence.

  • 1936 Dahlia Ravikovitch born Ramat Gan, Israel (d. 2005). Israeli poet; peace activist.

  • 1960 Yulia Tymoshenko born Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine. Led Orange Revolution, 2004; first female Ukrainian Prime Minster, 2005, 2007-2010.

Women's peacemaking on this day

  • 1906 Dedication of Violet Oakley’s peace murals, Pennsylvania State House, Harrisburg.

  • 1914 No Conscription Fellowship founded at urging of Lilla Brockway, who three years later assumed role of secretary, London.

  • 1917 Responding to growing public pressure, 22 suffragettes were released from Occoquan Prison after several were physically abused and force-fed.

  • 1981 Women of Europe in Action for Peace conference Amsterdam sponsored by WILPF.

  • 1981 Emma Mashinini jailed for labor organizing, Pretoria, South Africa.

  • 1994 Committee of Soldiers' Mothers issued first opposition to Chechen War.

  • 1999 Peace activist Helen Clark elected Prime Minister of New Zealand.

  • 2003 3,000 Women’s Movement Against War women marched to Bogota in "Campaign for the demilitarization and recovery of civilian life.”

  • 2011 Bui Thi Minh Hang arrested in Ho Chi Minh City for peaceful protest.