Women peacemakers born today
1860 Margarethe Lenore Selenka born Hamburg, Germany (d. 1922). German peace leader; ethnologist; archaeologist; suffragist. Organized first worldwide women's peace demonstration and million signatures for arms control, 1899; protest against Boer War, 1901; founding member of WILPF.
1873 Clementine Kraemer born Rheinbischofsheim, Baden, Germany (d. 1942). Leading German pacifist writer; popular novelist and poet. Unable to find refuge abroad, died at Theresienstadt concentration camp.
1952 Marilyn Waring born Ngankuawahia, New Zealand. Feminist professor of politics; 10-year member of parliament, served on Foreign Affairs Committee; led movement to make nation nuclear-free, 1982; critic of economics in which war is most profitable, while women's unpaid work is not counted.
1960 Katrina vanden Heuvel born New York, NY. Editor & publisher of The Nation; voiced early opposition to Iraq War.
Women's peacemaking on this day
Feast day of St. Justina of Padua
1918 Following the failed passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, the National Women's Party marched on the Capitol.
1931 Maria Montessori met Gandhi in London.
1990 Benedictine nun Katherine Howard circulated Universal Declaration of Nonviolence.
1990 Sandra Boston led 19 women in "Hearts Across the Gulf," Greenfield, MA.
2002 Global Women’s Peace Initiative first met UN building, Geneva.
2006 Chechen war opponent Anna Politkovskaya assassinated.
2013 Margaretta D’Arcy arrested at Shannon Airport for peaceful die-in protesting American use of airfield as refueling site for Afghanistan-bound warplanes.