October 30

Women peacemakers born today

  • 1815 Elizabeth Rous Comstock born Maidenhead, Berkshire, England (d. 1891). Quaker pacifist; minister; abolitionist; ran underground railroad in US; opposed Civil War.

  • 1914 Anna Wing born Hackney, London, England. Quaker; actress; supporter of CND.

  • 1915 Annabel Kreider Wolfson (d. 1983). Opposed Vietnam War by founding Interfaith Center for Draft Information, Worcester, 1969.

  • 1986 Gulalai Ismail born Peshawar, India. Co-founded Aware Girls to assert women’s rights, 2002; founded Seeds of Peace to promote women’s promotion of peace, 2010.

Women's peacemaking on this day

  • 1939 Ground broken for Nancy Brown Peace Carillon, Detroit.

  • 1982 First public meeting for Puget Sound Peace Camp at "Feminine Resistance to Militarism" forum at Friends Center, Seattle.

  • 2001: UN Security Council heard testimony of women from Timor, Kosovo and Afghanistan in second Arria forum.