Women peacemakers born today
1788 Sarah Josepha Hale born Newport, NH (d. 1879). Poet; editor; teacher in Boston Ladies Peace Society; "Mother of Thanksgiving" for getting Lincoln to proclaim first holiday in appeal for truce in Civil War.
1830 Belva Ann Lockwood born Royalton, NY (d. 1917). Absolute pacifist; second female candidate for President, 1884, 1888; executive of Universal Peace Union; US delegate to Geneva conference on corrections, 1896; opposed Spanish-American war; advocated arbitration.
1838 Amanda Deyo born Clinton, NY (d. 1917). "The Peacemaker." Raised Quaker, became Universalist pastor; national peace speaker; delegate to international peace conferences, 1889.
1915 Marghanita Laski born Manchester, England (d. 1988). English novelist and playwright; radio journalist; leading contributor to OED. Active opponent of nuclear weapons through Committee for Nuclear Disarmament (CND). Authored play The Offshore Island about nuclear war survivors, 1959.
1923 Denise Levertov born Ilford, Essex, England. Poet; anti-Vietnam War; compiled and edited antiwar poetry anthology Out of the War Shadow, 1967.
1971 Anohni (née Antony Hegarty) born Chichester, West Sussex, England. Popular British singer of anti-war songs; War Child album 2005 benefit for Bosnian war children; protested fifth year of Iraq War 2008; 2016 album Hopelessness includes “Drone Bomb Me.”
Women's peacemaking on this day
1854 Florence Nightingale left for Crimea.
1950 One thousand women demanded peace at UN Lake Success.
1981 Pankow Peace Circle founded, advocating for nonviolent overthrow of East Germany and dismantling the Berlin Wall.
1983 2,000 women encircled Boeing plant; largest women's demonstration in Pacific Northwest, organized by Puget Sound Peace Camp.
2007 Desiree Fairooz arrested at Congressional hearing for calling Condoleezza Rice "war criminal."
2010 UN Peace Fair celebrating 10th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security.