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.