Women peacemakers born today
1873 Frances Alice Kellor born Columbus, OH (d. 1952). Internationalist; progressive reformer; expert on conflict resolution; Code of International Arbitration, 1931; advocate for the outlawing of war; founded National League for Protection of Colored Women, 1906; advocate for immigrants' rights.
1873 Nellie Letitia McClung born Chatsworth, Ontario, Canada (d. 1951). Canadian suffragist; novelist; legislator; delegate to League of Nations, 1938.
1886 Florence Brewer Boeckel born Trenton, NJ (d. 1965). Suffragist; Director of National Center for Prevention of War; prolific writer on peace and international organizations; handbook on peacemaking, 1928; delegate to the World Peace Congress in Brussels, 1936.
1920 Janet Rosenberg Jagan born Chicago, IL. Socialist; jailed for Guyana's independence, 1954; UN delegate 1993; awarded Gandhi Peace Prize, 2003; first female president of Guyana, 1997.
1926 Dorothy Rupert born Meadow Grove, NE. Colorado legislator, 1986-2001; legislated against female genital mutilation. Active in WAND and WILPF, opposing Vietnam War and nuclear weapons; Nobel Peace Prize nominee, 2005.
1947 Patricia Verdugo born Santiago, Chile (d. 2008). Journalist and author of 10 books chronicling Pinochet’s human rights abuses. Co-founded magazine Hoy (“Today”), critical of the ruling dictatorship, 1977. Co-founded the Women's Movement for Life, protesting human rights abuses, 1983. Nobel Peace Prize nominee, 2005.
1964 Karen Tse born Cleveland, OH. International human rights lawyer; UN Judicial Mentor to Cambodia, 1994; founded International Bridges to Justice, 2000.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1917 Alice Paul began serving a seven-month sentence at Occoquan Prison.
1965 Helen Chavez arrested for unlawful assembly in civil disobedience of farm workers protest, Delano, CA.
1989 Donna Lee Hirsch arrested for civil disobedience in protest against Trident II nukes, West Valley, UT.
1990 Stephanie Atkinson refused call to reserves in Gulf War, New York.
1999 Greenock Judge Margaret Gimblett acquitted three women for damage to Trident sub lab, Loch Gail.