October 16

Women peacemakers born today

  • 1874 Bessie M. Rischbieth born Adelaide, Australia 1874 (d. 1967). Australian social reformer and feminist leader; peace activist; theosophist. Delegate to League of Nations, 1935. Witnessed and supported suffragist struggle, London, 1908. Led protests against abuse of aborigines. Blocked bulldozers in environmental protest at Narrows Bridge, Perth, 1963.

  • 1905 Dorothy Hutchinson born Middletown, CT (d. 1984). Quaker pacifist; WILPF president, 1965-8; author of Peace in Vietnam; World Federalist; founded Peace Now Movement, 1943.

  • 1953 Elisabeth Reusse-Decrey born Switzerland. Psychotherapist working with international Conciliation Resources; leader of World Organisation Against Torture. Founded Geneva Call to coordinate international action against landmines, 1998; President of Swiss Parliament 2000; Nobel Peace Prize nominee, 2005.

  • 1969 Lisa Schirch born Bluffton, OH. Mennonite Professor of Peacebuilding; author of women’s peacemaking manual 2004; director of 3P Human Security 2007; Director of Human Security Alliance for Peacebuilding.

Women's peacemaking on this day

  • Feast of St. Hedwig, Duchess of Silesia (1174-1243).

  • 1965 Fifth Avenue Parade against Vietnam War organized by Norma Becker.

  • 1986 Joint Statement on Peace by US/USSR Religious Women Exchange, Moscow.

  • 2000 Joyce & Emma Katzberg arrested in Newport for "No More Nuclear Weapons" protest.

  • 2002: Nonviolent victory of Palestinian village of Yasuf winning protection from settler attacks, won with assistance of International Women’s Peace Service.

  • 2008 WOZA leaders Jenni Williams and Magodonga Mahlangu arrested in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe for protest at denial of food aid.

  • 2011 Azizah Othman killed in Taiz, Yemen, in women's nonviolent protest.

  • 2012 Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein and running mate Cheri Honkala were arrested at Hofstra University for attempting to enter the second presidential debate.