October 23

Women peacemakers born today

  • 1924 Ruth Tiffany Barnhouse born Grenoble, France (d. 1999). American psychiatrist, professor at Southern Methodist University, and Episcopal priest. Keynote speaker on "Peace, the Universal Yearning: the Voices of Women” at the first International Women’s Peace Conference, Dallas, 1988. President of Peacemakers, 1988.

  • 1942 Anita Roddick born Littlehampton, Sussex, England (d. 2007). Nonviolent human rights activist; organized protest against Iraq War, London, 2003; founded Body Shop, promoting human rights and environmental issues, 1976; founded Children on the Edge for East Asian orphans, 2000.

  • 1952 Antjie Krog born Kroonstad, Orange Free State, South Africa. Anti-Apartheid poet; nonviolent philosopher.

  • 1958 Kate Hudson. British peace leader; political science professor; former communist. Led opposition to Iraq War; against Trident missile; opposed Gaza bombing. Chair of Committee for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), 2003-10; overnighted at Trafalgar Square peace camp, 2005; co-founder and chair Left Unity Party, 2013; promoted Wool Against Weapons knitted scarf, 2014.

Women's peacemaking on this day

  • 1850 First National Womens Rights Convention organized and keynote address delivered by Paulina Kellogg Wright Davis, Worcester, MA.

  • 1906 First major imprisonment of suffragists, London; Mary Gawthorpe and Charlotte Despard arrested for House of Commons protest.

  • 1916 Mildred Boissevain's last speech, Los Angeles, gave the battle cry, "Mr. President, how long must women wait for liberty?"

  • 2001 Katie Sierra denied student anarchist club. “Anarchism preaches to love all humans, not just of one country.”

  • 2002 UN Security Council held third Arria Forum to hear Ugandan woman Angelina Atyam.

  • 2008 Five members of Code Pink, including Rae Abileah, attempted a citizen’s arrest of Karl Rove, San Francisco. “Rove is under arrest for treason!”

  • 2014 Four Cape Downwinder Grandmothers convicted of trespassing on Plymouth nuclear plant.