INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S PEACE DAY Agreed upon by Women for Survival Conference, Adelaide 1984.
Women peacemakers born today
- 1872 Mary SHEEPSHANKS born Bilton, Yorkshire, England (d. 1960). Pacifist; Socialist; suffragist; feminist; strongly opposed World War I which she called
- "organized international suicide." (Dec. 1918, K.Offen 261) Founder of WILPF; WILPF International Secretary, 1927-31; Fight the Famine Council Secretary, 1918; lobbied for disarmament.
- 1910 Josephine Wertheim POMERANCE born Manhattan, NY (d. 1980). Leader of WILPF; co-founder of SANE, 1957; served on American Association for the UN, 1959; leader of Citizens Committee for a Nuclear Test Ban, 1962.
- 1940 Barbara GLADYSCH born during bombing of Düsseldorf, Germany. Founded Mothers for Peace, 1981; founded Children of Chernobyl, 1986; offered aid to refugees of Balkan wars; peace mission to Chechnya, 1996; recipient of Sean MacBride Peace Award, 1999.
- 1971 Midori GOTO born Osaka, Japan. Violinist; UN Messenger of Peace, 2007.
Women's peacemaking on this day
- 1774 Edenton Tea Party. First organized American women's political action, in support of Boston protests.
- 1912 Olive Schreiner met Gandhi.
- 1918 Molly Steimer given 15-year sentence for opposing World War I.
- 1965 Death of Sadako Sasaki from leukemia; focus of 1000 cranes for peace.
- 1998 Mothers Action for Peace protest at Oak Ridge nuclear plant; four women arrested for trespassing.
- 2000 Dutch woman Marjan Willemson and Briton Zoe Weir cut Faslane base fence and hung banner against Trident missiles.