Women peacemakers born today
1874 Mary Heaton Vorse born New York, NY (d. 1966). Journalist; novelist and poet; labor organizer; Socialist and pacifist. Opposed World War I; co-founder of Pacifist Women's Party, 1915; delegate and reporter at International Congress of Women at The Hague, 1915.
1884 Eleanor Roosevelt born Manhattan, NY (d. 1962). Internationalist; drafter of UN Human Rights Declaration, 1948; Chair of UN Commission on Human Rights, 1947-51; US delegate to UN, 1946, 1949-52, 1961.
1911 María Adela Gard de Antokoletz (d. 2002). Argentine human rights activist; one of 14 founders of Mothers of May Plaza; vice president.
1913 Lilo Ramdohr born Aschersleben, Saxony. Member of White Rose nonviolent resistance to Hitler; twice arrested.
1959 Ana Raffai born Zagreb, Yugoslavia. Catholic theologian; Croatian peacemaker; nonviolence trainer at Center for Peace Studies. Co-organized ecumenical prayers for peace, 1994; Nobel Peace Prize nominee, 2005.
Women's peacemaking on this day
Feast Day of Blessed Mary Soledad (1826-87). Founder of Handmaids of Mary, Serving the Sick Madrid, 1851. Last words: "Children, live together in peace and harmony."
1999 Mary Banotti of Ireland appointed UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador for right to family planning.
2002 Peace activist Shadon Abu Hijla killed by Israeli machine guns at Nablus.
2004 International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers convened for the first time, Phoenicia, NY.
2009 In San Francisco, two women interrupted Tiger Woods at President’s Cup golf tournament with banners “President Obama—End Bush’s War” & “End the Afghan Quagmire.”
2012 First International Day of the Girl Child, as established by UN.
2016 Annette Klapstein and Emily Johnston shut down Enbridge tar sands pipeline, Leonard, MN.