Women peacemakers born today
1840 Helen Bright Clark born Rochdale, Lancashire, England (d. 1927). Pioneering British women’s rights activist; suffragist. Quaker absolute pacifist. Raised two peacemaker daughters, Hilda and Alice. Co-founded anti-racist Society for the Furtherance of Human Brotherhood. Served on committee for Hague Women's Peace Congress, 1915.
1884 Fanny Fligelman Brin born Berlad, Romania (d. 1961). Pacifist; suffragist; Jewish peace leader. One of five women consultants to US delegation at founding of UN, 1945, representing Women's Action Committee for Lasting Peace.
1897 Else Zeuthen born Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1975). Member of Danish Parliament; international president of WILPF, 1956-65; delegate to UN; opposed NATO and Spanish Civil War; promoted foreign aid; protected Jews during Nazi occupation.
1907 Wanda Jakubowska born Warsaw, Russian Poland (d.1998). Auschwitz survivor film The Last Stage, 1947 about concentration camps. Only female winner of International Peace Prize, 1950.
1912 Marion Bromley born Akron, OH (d. 1996). Quaker pacifist; pioneering war tax resister; founder of CORE, 1941; founder of Peacemakers, 1948; first Freedom Ride, 1947; arrested in New York Easter parade, 1947.
1931 Carol Price Husten born Brooklyn, NY (d. 2016). Peace activist; “Bombshell Granny”; Granny Peace Brigade member arrested and acquited for protest at Times Square recruiting office 2005; previous arrests at School of Americas and against Iraq War; arrested 2010 Grand Central Banner drop “TALK LESS; DISARM MORE; Chair Peace Action NY State; guidance counselor.
1944 Mehrangiz Kar born Ahvaz, Iran. Muslim; human rights activist; lawyer; journalist; arrested and sentenced to 4 years, but released in 2 months for cancer treatment, 2000. Recipient of Trarieux Prize and Human Rights First award.
1953 Janet Bloomfield born Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, England (d. 2007). British Quaker peace activist; UK Coordinator of Atomic Mirror, to create a nuclear-free world, 1997. Chaired Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), 1993-96; Vice-President of International Peace Bureau, Geneva, 1994-97.
1955 Catherine Dupe Atoki born Kabba, Kogi state, Nigeria. Chair of African Commission on Human Rights, 2011-12. Awarded Gusi Peace Prize, 2013.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1903 Women's Social & Political Union founded by Emmeline Pankhurst.
1931 WILPF Peace Caravan arrived in Washington DC after crossing the US for 9,000 miles.
1991 Women in Black started regular Wednesday vigil against war, Belgrade.
2005 Young WILPF (Y-WILPF) met for the first time in Stockholm.
2011 280 Barbacoas, Colombia women end 110-day "Crossed Legs" strike refusing sex.
2015 WikiPeaceWomen began Bern, Switzerland with goal of a million by 2020.