Women peacemakers born today
1857 Anita Augspurg born Verden a/d Aller, Hanover (d. 1943). German peace leader; Dr. jurisprudence; actress and photographer; co-founder of WILPF and first German woman's suffrage organization 1902; opposed death penalty and militarism; promoted nonviolence in Ruhr unrest, and reconciliation.
1875 Paulina Luisi born Colón, Entre Rios, Argentina (d. 1949). Uruguayan reformer and abolitionist; socialist; feminist; suffragist. First Uruguayan woman doctor, 1908. Helped bring about Uruguayan suffrage, 1927. One of five women to attend World Disarmament Conference, 1932.
1953 Julianne Malveaux born San Francisco, CA. Economist president Bennett College 2007-12; critic of US foreign policy as terrorist; opposed Iraq War, supporting Million Man March 2005.
1954 Jodie Evans born Las Vegas, NV. Nonviolence advocate. Co-founder of Code Pink, 2002. Led "citizen diplomacy" delegations to Iran, Gaza, and Afghanistan; attempted a citizen's arrest of Karl Rove.
1957 Martha Karua born Kirinyaga, Kenya. "Iron Lady of Africa." Human rights advocate and lawyer; first woman elected to Kenyan Parliament, 1992. Kenyan Justice Minister, 2005-09; resigned due to inability to freely pursue her reform efforts. Presidential candidate, 2012.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1909 Rooftop Protest by suffragettes, Birmingham, England.
1913 Kasturba Gandhi deported, and returned to be rearrested.
1938 Jeanne Alexandre founded nonviolent League of Women for Peace.
1938 Sixteen French pacifist women signed peace manifesto.
1961 Dagmar Wilson drafted strike action by Women Strike for Peace.
1983 Lebanese women protested war at UNICEF building Beirut.
1984 Market Day for Men organized by J. Ouedaogo in Burkina Faso.
1989 One World Week celebrated by Greenham women.
2010 Women become majority of Swiss Cabinet.
2011 12 women arrested Bulawayo in peaceful march.
2012 Women of Marikana, S. Africa march in protest against police violence and the killing of Pauline Masuthle.