Women peacemakers born today
1819 Elizabeth Neall Gay born Bucks County, PA (d. 1907). Quaker; pacifist; abolitionist. Delegate to first World's Anti-Slavery Convention, where women were denied a say, London, 1840.
1850 Johanna Waszklewicz-van Schilfgaarde born Netherlands (d. 1937). Dutch peace organizer; founded Alliance of Women for peace, 1899; opposed Boer War.
1878 Margaret E. Cousins born Boyle, Ireland (d. 1954). British feminist and radical suffragist leader; spent one month in prison, 1910; anti-imperialist; founded and led two Indian women's organizations; first female magistrate in India; arrested in India for civil disobedience, 1933.
1917 Helen Suzman born Germiston, Transvaal, South Africa (d. 2009). Apartheid opponent; recipient of UN Human Rights Prize, 1978; member of parliament, 1953-89.
1948 Mariclaire Acosta. Mexican human rights advocate. Representative, Amnesty International, Mexico section, 1977-84. Founding director, Mexican Academy of Human Rights, 1984-89. Director, Freedom House Mexico, 2011-present.
1949 Judi Bari born Baltimore, MD (d. 1997). Environmental activist; labor organizer; ecofeminist; leader of Earth First!, 1979; nearly killed by bomb in nonviolent Redwood Summer, 1990.
1989 Nadezhda Tolokonnikova born Norilsk, Krasnoyarsk, Russia. Member of punk protest collective Pussy Riot. Performed anti-Putin protest at Cathedral of Christ the Savior, Moscow, 2012; arrested and sentenced to 2-year prison term.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1916 Pacifist Jeannette Rankin elected to House of Representatives for the state of Montana, becoming the first woman elected to the US Congress.
1921 Kaji Yashima presented peace petition of 10,000 Japanese women to Pres. Harding for Washington disarmament conference. "Japanese women want education not battleships."
1925 Mirabehn joined Gandhi's Ashram.
2005 Breasts Not Bombs demonstration at Sacramento state capitol building; Sherry Glaser & Renee Love arrested.
2008: New York premiere of documentary Pray the Devil Back to Hell, chronicling women’s successful peacemaking efforts in Africa.