Women peacemakers born today
1808 Caroline Weston born Weymouth, MA (d. 1882). Pioneering supporter of world's first nonviolence society, Boston, 1838; abolitionist; school mistress.
1881 Eugénie Cotton born Soubise, Charente-Maritime, France (d. 1967). French scientist, feminist, peace advocate; founding president pacifist Women’s International Democratic Federation (WIDF) Paris 1945, dedicated to peace, anti-fascism, anti-imperialism; Resistance to Nazis WWII; arrested for resistance to draft for Vietnam War 1950; opposed Algerian War; Stalin Peace Prize 1951; World Peace Council gold medal 1961.
1901 Edith Sampson born Pittsburgh, PA (d. 1971). American diplomat; first African-American delegate to UN, 1950; first African-American judge, 1962.
1935 Mary Hamilton Wesley born Cedar Rapids, IA (d. 2002). Freedom Rider; led resistance in Parchman Prison; second female CORE Field Secretary, 1961; first female CORE Southern Regional Director, 1963. Miss Mary case won in Supreme Court, 1963.
1944 Charlotte Bunch born Artesia, NM. Feminist; opponent of Vietnam War; founder of Center for Women's Global Leadership, 1989; Human rights advocate at UN.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1905 Start of militant phase of British suffrage movement. Christabel Pankhurst and Annie Kenney interrupted Prime Minister: "Will the Liberal Government give votes to women?"
1908 “Rush on Parliament” by suffragists met by 5,000 police.
1922 Grace Abbott appointed first unofficial US representative to League of Nations, Geneva.
1962 Helen Joseph became the first person sentenced to house arrest under the South African Sabotage Act.
1975 Whina Cooper led nonviolent protest for Maori rights at New Zealand parliament.
2007 Protest in Shanghai by US winners of Victoria Cup Bridge World Championship.
2008 Heartbeat for Peace drum gathering at Elipse by White House by 13 Indigenous grandmothers and Turtle Women Rising.
2011 Alli McCracken arrested at Capitol for sign: "Fund My Education, Not Your Wars."
2012 Maya Evans completed an eight-day, 90-mile Drones Peace Walk from the Elbit factory to RAF Waddington, England's first armed drone base.