Women peacemakers born today
1841 Minna Cauer born Freyenstein, Brandenburg (d. 1922). German journalist; pacifist; radical feminist; founding member of WILPF.
1861 Corinne True born Oldham County, Kentucky (d. 1961). Baha'i "Mother of the Temple." Internationalist; pacifist. Established equality of women, the link to universal peace.
1889 Hannah Höch born Gotha, Germany (d. 1978). Anti-war Dada artist and feminist.
1934 Miriam DeCosta-Willis born Florence, AL. African-American professor of Romance languages. Early civil rights leader; marched with Martin Luther King, Jr., 1968; jailed in Memphis protest.
1941 Nelsa Curbelo born Montevideo, Uruguay. Ecuadorean peacemaker; former nun. General coordinator, human rights organization SERPAJ. Founded Ser Paz ("Being Peace") with Guayaquil youth gangs, 1999. Nobel Peace Prize nominee, 2005.
1948 Marjorie Cohn born Pomona, CA. Professor of international human rights. Editor and author, United States and Torture, 2011.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1958 Delegation of London Women Against A-tests appealed to Test Ban Conference, Geneva.
1961 Women Strike for Peace national demonstration, largest women's peace action to date (12,000-50,000 participants).
1962 UN General Assembly adopted Convention on Consent to Marriage.
1967 Thich Ku Thong immolated in Vietnam War protest.
1983 400 women sat in silence at UNESCO office in Beirut's first women’s peace protest.
1989 Jennifer Hoffman and Honey Nestel acquitted on necessity of defense at Westboro protest, Worcester, MA.
1996 Louise Arbour appointed UN Prosecutor of Rwanda War Crimes.