Women peacemakers born today
1839 Frances Willard born Churchville, NY (d. 1898). "Saint Frances"; suffragist leader; first woman college president, Northwestern Female College 1871; international temperance leader 1891; Vice President of Universal Peace Union 1888; first president of the National Council of Women of US 1888; "Polyglot Petition" 7 million signatures against international drug trade 1883.
1905 Hetty Bower born Dalston, East London. Marched in over 30 antiwar parades, including 2011 when she was 106, and 2012 three mile Oxfam hike for Palestinian olive farmers.
1914 Miriam Patchen born Waverley, Belmont MA (d. 2000). Anarchist pacifist; 15 years of weekly demonstration against war Palo Alto; wife of rebel poet.
1929 Tsering Dolma Gyaltong born Lhasa, Tibet. Member, International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers. Founding member, Tibetan Women's Association, reestablished 1984.
1937 Alice Mahon born Halifax, England. Represented Labour Party as Member of Parliament, 1987-2005. Headed Committee for Peace in the Balkans, 1993; stood against NATO’s Kosovo bombing. Opposed Bush’s nuclear threat; opposed Iraq War, exposing US use of white phosphorus.
1954 Margot Wallstrom born Skellefteå, Sweden. UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict 2010; European Environment Commissioner 1999-2004; First Vice President European Commission 2004-10.
1962 Janeane Garofalo born Newton, NJ. American comedian and TV and film actress; antiwar activist, Code Pink march 2003 against Iraq and Afghan Wars.
1968 Latifah Anum Siregar born Jayapura, West Papua, Indonesia. Indonesian human rights advocate. General Secretary Papua Muslim Assembly 2007-11; chair of Alliance for Democracy in Papua; member of Papua parliament.
Women's peacemaking on this day
1982 Greenham Peace Camp covered with rocks by Ministry of Transport.
1991 European Peace Caravan comprised of 400 activists toured Yugoslavia in an effort to prevent war.
2004 Women, War and Peace conference Brussels sponsored by Hélène Ryckmans of World According to Women.
2008 In New York City, Vietnamese Women Agent Orange Victims began 10-city tour of United States to hold Dow and Monsanto accountable for their actions.
2009 Four women protested: “Yom Kippur, September 28, Time to Atone, Shut Down Vermont Yankee.”
2011 South Asian women peace activists presented resolution to UN Secretary General for more participation of women in peace.