Women peacemakers born today
1873 Edith Waterworth born Castleton, Lancashire, England (d. 1957). Australian peace leader and women’s rights advocate. WILPF leader.
1920 Melina Mercouri born Athens, Greece (d. 1994). Anti-militarist; actress; singer. Performed at founding of Amnesty International USA; leader of Greek resistance, exiled internally.
1924 Marie-Therese Danielsson born Le Thillot, Vosges, France (d. 2003). Ethnologist; recipient of Right Livelihood Award for campaign against French nuclear tests in Polynesia, 1991; leader of WILPF Polynesia.
1946 Penny Wensley born Toowoomba, New South Wales. Australian diplomat; first Australian female representative to UN, 1997.
1952 Haya Rashed Al-Khalifa born Bahrain. Third female president of UN General Assembly, 2006; first female Bahraini ambassador, 1997; leading lawyer.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1991 Laila Zana arrested for advocating Kurdish coexistence, Cizre, Turkey.
1994 Winona LaDuke chained herself to truck axle in environmental protest, Los Angeles
2011 Jaleela al-Salman re-arrested after 149-day prison sentence for helping wounded nonviolent protesters in Bahrain.
2011 Naomi Wolf arrested in nonviolent march on NY sidewalk connected to Occupy protest.