September 4

Women peacemakers born today

  • 1878 Ruth Fry born Highgate, London (d.1962). Quaker writer on peace and nonviolence; relief organizer after World War I, Russian famine 1921; Secretary National Council for the Prevention of War 1926-27; Treasurer London War Resisters’ International 1936-7.

  • 1905 Mary Renault born Forest Gate, Essex, London (d. 1983). Historian and writer, leader of Black Sash women's movement against Apartheid.

  • 1925 Mary McDonough Harren. Catholic Worker mother founded Peace & Justice House, Wichita, KS. First protest at Kansas military base; opposed Vietnam War, Salvador intervention; protested nuclear waste train.

Women's peacemaking on this day

  • 1981 "Women for Life on Earth" arrived at Greenham Common, having marched 120 miles from Cardiff.

  • 1989 Three women hammered Trident submarine New London CT.

  • 1995 Fourth World Women's Conference Beijing; Women in Black vigiled for "A world safer for women."

  • 2010 Kate O'Sullivan tried to make citizen's arrest of Tony Blair as war criminal, Dublin.