Women peacemakers born today
1857 Alice Stone Blackwell born Orange, NJ (d. 1950). Suffragist journalist; second generation woman peacemaker, daughter of pacifist Lucy Stone; Socialist social reformer; active in American Peace Society, League of Women Voters, and NAACP; promoted human rights of Armenians; translated works of minorities.
1883 Margaret Sanger born Corning, NY (d. 1966). Nurse; birth control pioneer who organized international population conferences NY 1925, Geneva 1927, Zurich 1930; first President of International Planned Parenthood 1953.
1921 Constance Baker Motley born New Haven, CT (d. 2005). First black woman federal judge 1966; civil rights lawyer who represented Martin Luther King Jr., NAACP and Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee; key lawyer in Brown vs. Board of Ed.
1935 Kate Millett born St. Paul, MN. Feminist author who led United Women's Contingent in March against Vietnam War 1971; influential book of second wave of feminism Sexual Politics 1970 called for social revolution without violence or counter-revolution; arrested and deported from Iran 1979.
1941 Joan Trumpauer Mulholland born Washington DC. Freedom Rider student arrested 1961 Jackson MS and imprisoned two months in notorious Parchman Prison; Freedom Summer organizer 1964.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1510 Death of St. Catherine of Genoa.
1906 First Satyagraha campaign arrest, Gandhian woman Punia, Volksrust, Transvaal.
1983 First nonviolent protest against Pinochet, Santiago by Elena Bergen and others.
1988 Dolores Huerta severely beaten by San Francisco police.
2001 Rep. Barbara Lee alone opposed Iraq War. "I am convinced that military action will not prevent further acts of international terrorism against the United States."
2010 Michelle Bachelet appointed head of UN agency for gender equality.