October 1

Women peacemakers born today

  • 1832 Jean Brooks Greenleaf born Bernardston, MA (d. 1918). Suffragist leader; witnessed damage of war, New Orleans, 1865.

  • 1847 Annie Besant born Clapham, London (d. 1933). Theosophist; nonviolent labor organizer; founder of Fabian Society; called "the greatest orator in England" by G.B. Shaw.

  • 1935 Julie Andrews born Walton-on-Thames, England. Actress; starred in antiwar film The Americanization of Emily, 1964.

  • 1938 Carol Ruth Silver born Boston, MA. UN clerk; Freedom Rider; arrested Jackson, MS, 1961 on Trailways bus from Nashville; jailed 40 days; worked with Cesar Chavez; San Francisco Supervisor, 1978-89; involved with OLPC, donating computers to Afghan children.

  • 1950 Neidonuo Angami born Kohima, Nagaland, India. Naga peacemaker. Co-founded Naga Mother’s Association, 1984. Led the Shed No More Blood Campaign to end civil war, 1994. Nobel Peace Prize nominee, 2005.

  • 1964 Elisabetta Zamparutti born Cermes, Bolzano, Italy. Radical nonviolence advocate; opponent of drones, death penalty. Member of European Parliament, 2008-present.

Women's peacemaking on this day

  • 1889 Ramallah Girl's School founded by Quakers. Still teaching nonviolence.

  • 1965 Ten-day fast for peace at Vatican II Rome by Chanterelle and 20 Catholic women.

  • 1983 Minnesota Women's Peace Camp in St. Paul demonstrated against Sperry weapons making.

  • 2011 Oxford women's silent vigil "Down the Drones."