October 18

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.