Women peacemakers born today
1888 Doris Stevens born Omaha, NE (d. 1963). Chronicler of American suffragists; Executive Secretary of the Congressional Union for Womens Suffrage; arrested 1917, sentenced to 60 days in Occoquan Prison but pardoned after 3 days; arrested picketing Metropolitan Opera house, 1919.
1911 Mahalia Jackson born Hearn, TX (d. 1972). Leading singer of protest songs; civil rights leader who bailed out Martin Luther King, Jr.
1989 Alaa Murabit born Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Libyan physician; women’s rights leader. Founding president of Voice of Libyan Women, 2011; spearheaded Noor Campaign to promote Koran’s teachings of nonviolence, 2013.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1862 Eliza Gurney spoke truth to power to President Lincoln in White House.
2011 Hundreds of Yemeni women set fire to their makrama (full body veils) in Sana'a. "Who protects Yemeni women from the crimes of the thugs?"