Women peacemakers born today
1813 Mary di Rosa born Brescia, Italy (d. 1855). Nurse during Austrian war, 1848; stopped soldiers with nonviolence, 1854.
1879 Fanny Bixby Spencer born Long Beach, CA (d. 1930). Pacifist; poet, essayist, and playwright; wealthy socialite Socialist; blacklisted for opposing WWI.
1921 Yvonne Hostert Useldinger born Steinfort, Luxembourg (d. 2009). Communist resister to Nazis; Ravensbrück survivor; leader of Luxembourg women.
1935 Frances Alexander. English nurse and midwife; founded 5W (Women Welcome Women World Wide), 1984.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1928 Pacifist Ruth Bryan Owen elected to Congress; promoted international cooperation as member of Foreign Affairs Committee.
1976 Peace People mounted 21 rallies for peace in Northern Ireland.
1990 Saudi women drove main streets of Riyadh in protest, resulting in loss of government jobs and foreign travel.
2000 Irom Chanu Sharmila first arrested for attempted suicide in fast unto death against army massacre.
2011 Leila Soueif began fast for arrest of her son Alaa Seif for human rights protests.
2014 On the 20th anniversary of adoption of Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, Beijing+20 Regional Review Meeting held in Geneva.