Women peacemakers born today
1902 Mildred Harnack born Milwaukee, WI. Professor of English in Germany; translator and literary historian; member of resistance "Red Orchestra"; guillotined by Hitler 1943 Berlin for resistance.
1921 Ursula Franklin born Munich. Canadian scientist; physics professor and philosopher of science; Quaker pacifist; eighteen months in a Nazi work camp World War II; leader of antiwar CanadianVOW; opposed NATO and Vietnam War; promoted conscientious objection; Pearson Peace Medal.
1927 Sadako Ogata born Tokyo. Diplomat and Professor of International Relations; UN High Commissioner for Refugees 1992-2001; Japan's International Cooperation Agency 2003-12; Asian Nobel prize Magsaysay Award for peace and international understanding 1997; Indira Gandhi Peace Prize 2001.
1928 Patricia M. Wald born Torrington, CT. American Judge of International Court for Yugoslavia 2002; opposed execution of Rosenbergs; only woman on 2004 commission to assess intelligence leading to Iraq War.
1931 Rita Lasar (née Rabecca Zelmanowitz) born Cleveland, OH (d. 2017). As sister of 9/11 victim, co-founded September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, opposing violent response to 9/11, 2002. Opposed Iraq War, Guantanamo, and the bombing of Afghanistan.
1943 Bärbel Wartenberg-Potter born Pirmasens, Palatinate, Germany. Lutheran bishop of Lübeck. Called on US to "renounce counter-violence" against Islam; opposed wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; signed appeal "Another War in Europe? Not in our name!", 2014.
1951 Lucy Asuagbor born Mamfé, Cameroon. Judge of International Court for Yugoslavia 2001; Cameroon chief justice; African Commission on Human rights.
1958 Maura O'Connell born Ennis, County Clare. Irish singer at Music for Peace concert Nashville Peace & Justice Center 2003.
Women's peacemaking on this day
303 St. Euphemia martyred for refusal to worship Ares god of war at Chalcedon.
929 St. Ludmilla, Dutchess of Bohemia martyred for influence as teacher of grandson St. Wenceslas.
1913 Kasturba Gandhi arrested for nonviolent protest, jailed until December 22.
1979 Women’s Die-In Cologne against nuclear power and militarism.
2007 Actress Sally Field accepted Emmy Award with antiwar speech "If the mothers ruled the world, there would be no goddamn wars in the first place."
2014 Col. Ann Wright evicted from House Armed Services hearing for participation in Code Pink protest, chanting "No More War!"