Women peacemakers born today
1806 Sarah Mapps Douglass born Philadelphia, PA (d. 1882). Black abolitionist educator and headmistress; co-founder Philadelphia Female Anti-Slavery Society 1833; led desegregation of Quaker meetings, and promoted education of black women.
1872 Sarala Devi Chaudhurani born Jorasanko, Calcutta (d. 1945). Indian nationalist leader, "Bengal's Joan of Arc"; favorite of Gandhi; feminist; singer and composer; polyglot writer; teacher and social reformer (dowry); Theosophist.
1885 Clare Frewen Sheridan born London (d. 1970). Pacifist sculptress and writer; made bust of Gandhi (1951); sculpture Woman Leading a Blind Soldier.
1931 Olga del Valle Márquez born Villa la Trinidad, Tucumán, Argentina (d. 2005). Founded and led Mothers of the Plaza in Jujuy. Nobel Peace Prize nominee, 2005.
1934 Sonia Sanchez born Birmingham, AL. Black poet and playwright; civil rights leader of CORE; pioneer professor of Black studies 1967; Lucretia Mott Award of Nat. Endowment for the Arts 1984; won WILPF Peace & Freedom award 1989; leader of Madre; arrested 2006 for protest at recruiting for Iraq.
1937 Sarah Harder born Chicago, IL. President National Peace Foundation 2000; feminist professor; president AAUW 1985-9; President of Women for Meaningful Summit encouraging end of Cold War 1990; co-chaired the 1990 Soviet-American Women's Summit; leader of International Federation of University Women and NOW; promoted UN peacemaking and gender equality; peacemaking in Caucasus 1992. Coined term "feminization of power."
Women's peacemaking on this day
1980 Molly Rush and Anne Montgomery co-founded Plowshares in King of Prussia protest.
1989 First Conference of Women in Black, Kibbutz Hotel, Jerusalem.
2000 Five nuns of "Sacred Earth & Space Plowshares" arrested Peterson CO AFB for hammering fighter plane.
2007 Cape Town Mayor Helen Zille arrested for protest against drug dealers.
2007 Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee (WPC) hosted "Culture of Peace Forum for Mothers and Children," Tokyo.
2015 Seven Hawaiian women arrested for blocking road to sacred mountain Mauna Kea.