October 14

Women peacemakers born today

  • 1856 Violet Paget born Boulogne, France (d. 1935). British internationalist; pacifist author under the pseudonym Vernon Lee; lesbian; suffragist. Supported Hague Women's Peace Congress and the founding of WILPF, 1915.

  • 1906 Hannah Arendt born Hanover, Germany (d. 1975). Political philosopher; defender of civil disobedience and nonviolence; critic of Vietnam War.

  • 1930 Mary Louise Defender Wilson born Shields, ND. Native American (Dakota) activist; teller of stories of understanding other cultures.

  • 1953 Amsatou Sow Sidibé born Dakar, Senegal. Professor and politician. President of Rafet, the African Network for Promotion of Working Women. Presidential candidate, 2013. Nobel Peace Prize nominee, 2005.

  • 1956 Rosalina Tuyuc Velásquez born San Juan Comalapa, Chimaltenango, Guatemala. Guatemalan indigenous Kaqchikel Mayan activist; founded National Association of Guatemalan Widows (CONAVIGUA) 1988; elected to Congress 1995; headed National Reparations Commission 2004; Niwano Peace Prize 2012.

  • 1974 Natalie Maines born Lubbock, TX. Lead singer of country group Dixie Chicks; protested Iraq War.

Women's peacemaking on this day

  • 1832 Boston Female Anti-Slavery Society founded.

  • 1939 Women's Peace March, Liverpool.

  • 1967 Joan Baez arrested in Vietnam War protest at Oakland Induction Center; sentenced to 10 days in prison.

  • 1982 Greenham women issued historic circular letter to close base.

  • 2015 UN Global Study on Women, Peace and Security launched.