October 11

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 ObamaEnd 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.