Women peacemakers born today
1800 Sarah Pugh born Washington DC (d. 1884). Quaker educator; nonviolent suffragist; abolitionist; delegate to world's first antislavery convention, London, 1840; co-founder Philadelphia Female Anti-Slavery Society, 1833; responded to mob burning their hall with nonviolent linking arms with black sisters, 1838.
1902 Elizabeth Gray Vining born Germantown, Philadelphia, PA (d. 1999). Quaker; tutor to future emperor of Japan, 1946-50; committed civil disobedience against Vietnam War and Apartheid.
1917 Fannie Lou Hamer born Ruleville, MS (d. 1977). Civil rights activist; organizer of Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, 1962; nonviolent trainer for Mississippi Freedom Summer, 1964.
1922 Betty Blaisdell Berry born Providence, RI (d. 2007). International economist of Middle East; NOW Family Relations Coordinator, 1968-73; American Arbitration Association, 1977-87.
1979 Ermira Mehmeti born Skopje, Yugoslavia. Albanian member of Macedonian Parliament; peacemaker in postwar reconciliation. Nobel Peace Prize nominee, 2005.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1789 French women won king's assent to constitution and bread.
1913 Two Muslim women arrested for civil disobedience in South Africa.
1932 Gandhian follower Ellen Hørup organized International Conference for India, Geneva.
1983 Philadelphia women protested US missiles in Germany at celebration of 300th anniversary of German immigration.
2002 Three Dominican nuns arrested for protest at missile silo in Georgetown, CO.
2003 Valerie Amos headed British House of Lords.
2006 Irom Chanu Sharmila arrested in Delhi for attempted suicide in fast to death protest against army massacre in Manipur.
2011 “October2011” protest for peace, environment and health created by Dr. Margaret Flowers.
2015 Dr. Margaret Flowers arrested for protest of US bombing Afghan hospital at Senate Armed Services hearing.