Women peacemakers born today
1816 Malwida von Meysenbug born Kassel, Hesse, Germany (d. 1903). German writer; feminist and revolutionary. Friend of Wagner, Nietzsche, Mazzini, Rolland. Published Memories of an Idealist, 1869.
1816 Mary Frame Thomas born Montgomery County, Maryland (d. 1888). Quaker (later Methodist) doctor. Radical nonresistant abolitionist; prison reformer; suffragist. President, American Women's Suffrage Association, 1880-85.
1842 Anna Elizabeth Dickinson born Philadelphia, PA (d. 1932). "America's Joan of Arc"; Quaker; playwright and orator; Garrisonian abolitionist.
1867 Nivedita born Dungannon, Tyrone, Ireland (d. 1911). Teacher; author and orator; disciple of Vivekananda, 1898; nonviolent anarchist; militant Indian nationalist.
1876 Rosalie Slaughter Morton born Lynchburg, VA (d. 1968). Internationalist; doctor for hospitals and schools in Serbia; President of Zonta; founder of American Women's Hospitals, 1917.
1921 Peggy Terry born Haileyville, OK (d. 2004). Community organizer; civil rights activist in Montgomery bus boycott. Member of Women for Peace Chicago; SNCC activist, 1966; organizer Jobs or Income Now (JOIN). Peace & Freedom Party Vice-Presidential candidate, 1968.
1939 Jane Alexander born Boston, MA. Actress; leader of WAND; opposed Vietnam War.
1944 Caroline Moorehead born London. British human rights journalist and author. Chronicled tales of pacifists and war resisters in Troublesome People: The Warriors of Pacifism, 1987; wrote biographies of Bertrand Russell and Martha Gellhorn, told the stories of Magda Trocmé of Chambon, and French women resisters.
1962 Achta Djibrine Sy born Chad. Economist. Worked with Oxfam and women’s groups to facilitate recovery from civil war.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1908 Suffragist Muriel Matters interrupted House of Commons with protest.
1911 Belgian Alliance of Women for Peace through Education founded in Brussels.
1916 5,000 Australian women protested war and conscription, Melbourne.
1942 Mary Emma Woolley organized the first meeting of women on postwar peace, New York City.
1986 300 women occupied Statue of Liberty in "Women Take Liberty '86," first national event of Women Rising in Resistance.
1992 Belgrade Women in Black protest: "They have been ceaselessly killing, torturing and raping for a year and a half already. They have banished more than three million lives. They manipulate women. Blackmail men. They spread hate, destruction and death; we are left without words to express our horror and anger. . . People die by the minute."
2015 Women detainees at Don Hutto Detention Center in Texas began hunger strike for release.