Bertha Thalheimer

Overview

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Bertha Thalheimer born Affaltrach, Baden-Württemberg, Germany March 17, 1883 (d. 1959). German politician; opposed World War I. Co-founded antiwar Spartacus League, 1915. Attended Socialist women’s peace conference, Bern, 1915. Arrested for treason, sentenced two years, 1917. Postwar Communist leader, rejecting Russian control; survived Nazi concentration camp.

Quotations

The fight for peace cannot be directly successful. It must be a struggle for the merger of the masses, for the renewal of the class struggle.” (Zimmerwald Conference, Lademacher, p. 141; photo wikicommons)

Ethel Tobach

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Ethel Tobach born Miaskovka, Ukraine, USSR November 7, 1921 (d. 2015). American peace psychology professor. President, American Psychological Association committee on Peace, Conflict and Violence. Founder, Psychologists for Social Action, 1968. Active in peace movement, 1936-37; early opponent of Vietnam War.

Quotations

During the Vietnam War, I did become sufficiently active. . . because I was concerned about psychologists not doing enough about the war.” (A. Rutherford interview, Nov. 13, 2006 p. 11; photo feministvoices.com)

Guri Tambs-Lyche

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Guri Tambs-Lyche born Trondheim, Norway April 20, 1917 (d. 2008). Norwegian radical activist for global solidarity; leader of national WILPF. Co-founded Norwegian Women’s Foundation dedicated to peace between east and west, 1948. Resisted German occupation; opposed Cold War and NATO.

Quotations

I want a society that is free of war and oppression and will do everything I can to contribute to it.” (2006 interview, Unni Rustad, poltreder.no; photo poltreder.no)

Lea Tsemel

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Lea Tsemel born Haifa, Israel June 19, 1945. Israeli human rights lawyer; defender of Palestinian rights. Won case against torture, 1999.

Quotations

We, the students, the people, were misled before the war to believe that this is a war for peace. Israel didn’t think of creating peace. And I found myself having to decide whether my humanity prevails, when I saw what happened to the Palestinians in the Occupied Territories, or my Israeli loyalty would prevail. . . And I chose my humanity. Therefore, when I became a lawyer, it was only natural that I will try to defend the underdogs, the Palestinians, while thinking all the time of a possible—the only possible solution to the conflict there: one, equality; two or one state—it doesn’t make a difference, really—but freedom for the Palestinians; a recognition of what we have caused to them; and ability to continue together with equality, which is the most important, equality, and freedom, of course, for both people.” (Democracy Now, Jun. 14, 2019; photo jvpnyc.org)

Christinie Touaillon

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Christine Touaillon (née Auspitz) born Iglau, Bohemia, Austro-Hungary February 27, 1878 (d. 1928).  Austrian philology professor; feminist. Vice-President, WILPF; leader of internationalist International Federation of Women. Daughter of a major general. Keynote speaker, calling for end to war and for negotiated peace, 1917.

Quotations

I felt that that the International Federation of Women knows no difference and hostility between nations.” (Christine van Oerttzen, Science, Gender and Internationalism, p. 46; photo women.mur)

Marcia Ann Timmel

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Marcia Ann Timmel born Raleigh, NC August 7, 1952. Catholic nuclear protester. Communications professor, West Florida University, who quit to join Dorothy Day, Catholic Worker House, Washington DC. Founded Olive Branch Community. Poured blood on Pentagon portico, jailed 30 days, 1981; damaged Trident missile New London, CT, imprisoned for 22 weeks, 1982; poured blood on Trident display at DC arms bazaar, 1988.

Quotations

This is the most deadly weapon in the world. More than 2000 Hiroshimas are under my feet, I feel weak, powerless. What can I do? With my sisters and my brothers I, an ordinary woman, can hammer this nuclear sword into a Biblical plowshare.” (Kristen Tobey, Plowshares)

Delaney Tarr

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Delaney Tarr born Florida July 19, 2000. Anti-gun violence activist; Parkland massacre survivor. Organizer of Women’s March, 2018.

Quotations

We are no longer just high school students, that much is true. We are now the future, we are a movement, we are the change.” (Teen Vogue, Feb. 19, 2018; photo zimbio)

Ultimately that is our goal, to make the world safer, to make our country safer.” (People, Feb. 27, 2018)

Rosanna Tabasso

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Rosanna Tabasso born Turin, Italy August 31, 1954. Diabetic physician. Co-founder of Arsenal of Peace, converting former arms factory into peace center for international aid, Turin, 1983.

Quotations

Let us start again from love: it is the true work of peace, within the reach of each one of us, from the smallest to the elderly, a commitment that does not exonerate anyone. We cannot decide on the war in Syria but we can spread our path of gestures, actions, words, thoughts and prayer, which give peace to someone around us, who bring peace to a family, that restore the sense of peace to a group, to a neighborhood, to a city.” (NpdiCarta, Feb. 19, 2017; photo rosannatabasso.org)

Greta Thunberg

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Greta Thunberg born Stockholm, Sweden January 3, 2003. Swedish environmental activist student quit school to protest climate inaction before national parliament , then at European Parliament Brussels, and London; inspired international school strike.

Quotations

We are facing an existential threat. This is the biggest crisis humanity has ever faced. First we have to realise this and then as fast as possible do something to stop the emissions and try to save what we can save.” (UN Climate Summit, Dec. 4, 2018; photo stratestimes.com)

Kathleen Tacchi-Morris

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Kathleen Tacchi-Morris born Johannesburg, South Africa January 24, 1899 (d. 1993). British peace activist inspired by Picasso to found Women for World Disarmament 1950-93; worked with British UN Assn.; opposed nuclear weapons; friendship mission to East Germany 1974; Dancer, endowed Somerset arts center dedicated to peace, producing “Peace Child”, “War and Peace”.

Quotations

I have lived through two world wars and more and I have become convinced that we have done too much remembering and too little learning. I speak as a citizen of my own country and of the world, but also from the viewpoint of a woman. It may be a biological advantage or an emotional one.” (War and Peace Somerset; photo tacci-moris.com)

Kirsten Tackmann

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Kirsten Tackmann born Schmalkalden, Thüringia, Germany September 24, 1960. German member of parliament 2005; agrarian expert; opposes NATO and militarization of Europe; led protest against “bombodrom” bombing practice on Kyritz-Ruppiner Heath 2011.

Quotations

The protest processions, actions and Easter marches have attracted more and more citizens from all parts of the republic and have become rallies against the 'bombodrom,' against rearmament and against the wars in the world.” (Kollektiver Erfolg, July 18, 2009; photo Mārkische Allgemeine)

Mutaba Tadjibaeva

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Mutaba Tadjibaeva born Margilan, Fergana, USSR August 25, 1962. Uzbekistan human rights activist; founded Fiery Hearts Club of activists; founded Civil Society movement; Martin Ennals Human Rights Prize 2008; Nobel Peace Prize nominee 2005; arrested and raped 2002; arrested 2005, sentenced 8 years, tortured, served 30 months.

Quotations

They mutilated my body, but they have not broken my spirit.” (Fiery Hearts Club, June 12, 2016; photo Fergana newsagency)

Julia Vadala Taft

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Julia Vadala Taft born Governors Island, New York July 24, 1942 (d. 2008). International humanitarian crisis manager; headed US settlement of Vietnam refugees; Assistant Secretary of State for Population & Migration 1997-2001; UN Director of Crisis Prevention 2001-04; President InterAction. to eliminate extreme poverty, uphold human rights, safeguard a sustainable planet and ensure human dignity 1994-97.

Quotations

"We must reach out to the most vulnerable whose lives and resources are at stake."

"NGOs embody the internationalist/moralist approach, with a strong commitment to empowerment, peace, prosperity, and economic and social justice." ("NGOs and Conflict Management." US Institution For Peace, Feb. 1996; photo savetibet.org)

Mary Burnett Talbert

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Mary Morris Burnett Talbert born Oberlin, OH September 17, 1866 (d. 1923). Prominent African-American social reformer. Suffragist; orator; peace activist; WILPF pioneer. Co-organized Niagara Movement against segregation. Served as Red Cross nurse in France WWI.

Quotations

"[A]ll know that no permanent peace will triumph until all are ready to do justice and give justice to all." ("The Negro’s Right to World Citizenship", The World’s Moral Problems, Nov. 1919, p. 270; photo blackhistory-101.com)

Mervat Tallawy

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Mervat Tallawy born Minya, Upper Egypt December 1, 1937. Egyptian diplomat; international administrator; feminist leader; Executive Secretary Economic and Social Commission for West Asia (ECSWA) 2001; chair UN Committee on Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) 1991-93; Ambassador to UN agencies Vienna 1988-91; Deputy Director UN Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW) 1982-89; delegate to Middle East peace talks 1992-94.

Quotations

[I]f we can get together, hold power together, we can be a strong wave against this conservatism. . . a global wave of conservatism, of repression against women.” (Kari Winter, “Where Have We Come From?”, Feminism, April 8, 2013; photo adc.org)

Irit Tamir

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Irit Tamir born Israel November 29, 1973. Israeli lawyer. Oxfam adviser on land use for corporate agriculture. Co-founded Women Wage Peace after Gaza War, 2014.

Quotations

"Women cannot just sit at home, complain, and hope for the best, without actively doing something to change the situation. It’s time for us to be part of the dialogue that revolves around security and peace." (theupliftingcrane.wordpress.com March 5, 2015; photo Oxfam)

Virginia Tango-Piatti

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Virginia Tango-Piatti (AKA Agar) born Florence, Italy September 21, 1867 (d. 1958). Feminist poet and writer. Pacifist, anti-militarist, and anti-fascist; lifelong proponent of nonviolence. Opposed Libya War, 1912; spoke openly against World War I, 1915. Published memoirs as volunteer nurse, 1917. Co-founded Italian WILPF. Exiled, 1933-39; arrested and sent to concentration camp, 1943.

Quotations

Be living peace, the eternal Antigone.” (quote from memoir, 1917; photo archiviotallone.com/virginia.html)