Women peacemakers born today
1844 Eugenie Potonie-Pierre born L'Orient, Brittany (d. 1898). French feminist; radical pacifist; socialist. Journalist and editor. Claimed credit for coining the term “feminism”, 1896.
1850 Emma Wheeler Wilcox born Johnstown, WI (d. 1919). American peace poet.
1877 Cecilia Annie John born Hobart, Tasmania (d. 1953). Australian singer; founded Women's Peace Army, 1915.
1926 Victoria Gray Adams born Hattiesburg, MS (d. 2006). Field Secretary for Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, 1962; leader in King's SCLC; Freedom Summer organizer; Mississippi Freedom Dem. Party with Fannie Lou Hamer, 1964.
1940 Luisa Morgantini born Villadossola, Piedmont, Italy. Leader of Italian peace movement; trade union leader. Co-founded Italian Women in Black. Member of European United Left/Nordic Green Left in European Parliament, 1999-2009; Vice-President of European Parliament, 2007-09.
1952 Vandana Shiva born Dheradun, India. Nuclear physicist; nonviolent environmental advocate; Gandhian; ecofeminist; opposed Iraq War; awarded Alternate Nobel Prize, 1993; awarded Sydney Peace Prize, 2010.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1917 Alice Paul and Rose Winslow began 22-day hunger strike at Occoquan Prison.
1961 Pram-pushing mothers led CND march to USSR embassy, London.
1975 50 homeless women and children occupied Palm Court Hotel, Richmond.
2003: Women from war zones and post-conflict zones appealed to US Congress to end universal war on women and children.