Women peacemakers born today
1832 Jean Brooks Greenleaf born Bernardston, MA (d. 1918). Suffragist leader; witnessed damage of war, New Orleans, 1865.
1847 Annie Besant born Clapham, London (d. 1933). Theosophist; nonviolent labor organizer; founder of Fabian Society; called "the greatest orator in England" by G.B. Shaw.
1935 Julie Andrews born Walton-on-Thames, England. Actress; starred in antiwar film The Americanization of Emily, 1964.
1938 Carol Ruth Silver born Boston, MA. UN clerk; Freedom Rider; arrested Jackson, MS, 1961 on Trailways bus from Nashville; jailed 40 days; worked with Cesar Chavez; San Francisco Supervisor, 1978-89; involved with OLPC, donating computers to Afghan children.
1950 Neidonuo Angami born Kohima, Nagaland, India. Naga peacemaker. Co-founded Naga Mother’s Association, 1984. Led the Shed No More Blood Campaign to end civil war, 1994. Nobel Peace Prize nominee, 2005.
1964 Elisabetta Zamparutti born Cermes, Bolzano, Italy. Radical nonviolence advocate; opponent of drones, death penalty. Member of European Parliament, 2008-present.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1889 Ramallah Girl's School founded by Quakers. Still teaching nonviolence.
1953 First American treaty signed by a woman, Ambassador Eugenie Anderson.
1965 Ten-day fast for peace at Vatican II Rome by Chanterelle and 20 Catholic women.
1983 Minnesota Women's Peace Camp in St. Paul demonstrated against Sperry weapons making.
2011 Oxford women's silent vigil "Down the Drones."