October 5

Women peacemakers born today

  • 1932 Yvonne Brathwaite Burke born Los Angeles, CA. Lawyer; three-term Congresswoman, 1973-79; County Commissioner; marched with Martin Luther King Jr.; opposed Vietnam war.

  • 1938 Herschelle Sullivan Challenor born Atlanta, GA. Civil rights leader; took part in nonviolent sit-in, 1960; founding dean of School of International Relations, Clark Atlanta University; highest ranking American in UNESCO, 1978-91; presided over UN Decade of Cultural Development.

Women's peacemaking on this day

  • 1789 6,000 French women marched from Paris to Versailles for bread and liberty.

  • 1962 UN Convention on Marriage adopted.

  • 1973 First national conference of Pax Christi organized by Eileen Egan.

  • 1974 Marie-Claire Voron led women in first nonviolent protest against military base at Larzac.

  • 1977 Mothers of the Plaza put ad in La Prensa with 237 photos of disappeared victims.

  • 1982 13 Greenham women arrested for blocking construction.

  • 2009 UN Security Council Resolution 1889 requested use of women in peacemaking.