Women peacemakers born today
1861 Lucy Biddle Lewis born Sharon Hill, PA (d. 1941). Quaker pacifist co-founder of American Friends Service Committee 1917 to provide young Quakers and other conscientious objectors to war an opportunity to perform a service of love in wartime; co-founder and President of WILPF 1922-24.
1875 Mary Elisabeth Dreier born Brooklyn, NY (d. 1963). Labor reformer and suffragist leader; artist; arrested 1909 in shirtwaist strike; organizer of first antiwar parade 1914; chaired Women's Trade Union League’s Outlawry of War committee; associate of Jane Addams at Hull House; Indian rights advocate; opposed Cold War and nuclear weapons.
1876 Edith Abbott born Grand Island, NE (d. 1957). PhD economist, daughter of Quaker; lifelong pacifist; Dean of Social Service, U. of Chicago; founded Immigrants' Protective League 1909; co-founded Women's Peace Party 1915; opposed World War II.
1893 Freda Kirchwey born Lake Placid, NY (d. 1976). Editor and publisher of The Nation, 1937-1955; WILPF representative at UN 1955-9 supporting Universal Declaration of Human Rights and disarmament; pacifist in World War I; opposed nuclear weapons; critic of strategic bombing, as in Korean War.
1900 Gertrud Luckner born Liverpool (d. 1995). German pacifist resister against Hitler; Quaker convert to Catholicism; rescued Jews in Germany until sent to Ravensbrück 1943 for 19 months; honored by Yad Vashem.
1946 Claudette Werleigh born Cap-Haïtien, Haiti. Lawyer and diplomat; peace advocate. Secretary General, Haiti National Caritas, 1976-87. Haitian Foreign Minister, 1993-95. Haiti's first woman Prime Minister, 1995-96. Secretary General and Envoy, Pax Christi International, 2007-10.
1963 Carolyn Nordstrom born Metter, GA. Professor of anthropology, specializing in war and peace.
1982 Serena Williams born Saginaw, MI. Tennis star named UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador 2011; supported Ghana health team 2006 and school in Kenya 2008; relief for Haiti earthquake 2010.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1909 International Ladies’ Garment Workers Union (ILGWU) began strike at Triangle factory.
1983 Five Puget Sound Women's Peace Camp women arrested for leafleting against cruise missile at Boeing Seattle.
1995 Dominican nuns Gilbert and Platte sentenced 30 days for trespass at John Hopkins Physics Lab for leaflet against nuclear weapons.
2011 UN Women held Open Day on Women, Peace and Security in Tbilisi, Georgia.
2012 The Women PeaceMakers celebrated their tenth anniversary, San Diego, CA.
2013 World premiere of Nobel Women’s film Partners For Peace, Ottawa, Canada.
2016 Cheri Honkala arrested for protest at presidential debate Hofstra Univ. asking Jill Stein’s participation.