Women peacemakers born today
1833 Priscilla Hannah Peckover born Wisbech, England (d. 1931). Quaker; absolute pacifist; pioneering British peace leader; founder of Women's Local Peace Association, 1879; founder of annual Peace Sunday. Learned 16 languages to communicate peace.
1917 Anna Langford born Springfield, OH (d. 2008). Civil rights lawyer; marched with Martin Luther King, Jr.; first woman on Chicago city council, 1971-91.
1922 Selma Brackman born Far Rockaway, NY (d. 2010). Organized Peace Worker Women's Strike for Peace, 1968; organized the National Teach-In on World Community, Columbia University, 1969; director of the First International Exhibit for Peace, 1971; founded War & Peace Foundation, 1981.
1922 Anna Aschenbach born Nanking, China (d. 2011). Tax resister; WILPF awardee; organizer; civil rights activist.
1923 Ruby Dee born Cleveland, OH. Actress; protested Vietnam War, nuclear tests, Iraq War; arrested for protest against police killing of Amadou Diallo by NYPD, 1999.
1931 Nawal El Saadawi born Kafr Tahla, Egypt. Psychiatrist; physician; novelist; leading feminist. UN adviser on women, 1979; imprisoned 1981, exiled 1988; led women's peace delegation to stop Gulf War, 1991; awarded North-South Prize, 2004.
1940 Maxine Hong Kingston born Stockton, CA. Author; peace activist. Arrested for White House antiwar protest, 2003.
1943 Karen Klimczak (d. 2006). Founded Buffalo Center for Nonviolence; murdered 2006.
1950 Lia Diskin (aka Leonor Beatriz Diskin Pawlowicz) born Buenos Aires, Argentina. Gandhian disciple and professor. Created Gandhi Network; began Gandhi Day Sao Paulo, 1982. Founded Palas Athena Association for a culture of peace, 1972. Received Jamnalal Bajaj Gandhi Award, 2010.
1950 Rosalind Marsden. British diplomat; ambassador to Afghanistan, 2003; ambassador to Iraq, 2006; first female representative of European Community to Sudan, 2010.
Women's peacemaking on this day
2002 Three thousand Senegalese women marched for peace, Zinguinchor.
2005 10th International Forum of Association of Women's Rights in Development (AWID), Bangkok.
2010 Topless Ukrainian university students FEMEN protested Vladimir Putin's visit to Kiev.
2011 10 women peacemakers spoke on UN panel on conflict prevention and peacebuilding.