Online Program

Women peacemakers: An online educational tool

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 : 12:45 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

C. Linn Gould, MS, MPH, Just Health Action, Seattle, WA
James Gould, PhD, International Relations, Scripps College, Cotuit, MA
Steven Gilbert, PhD, DABT, Institute of Neurotoxicology & Neurological Disorders, Seattle, WA
Throughout recorded history, women have faced gender discrimination through oppression, denial of their equality, and physical violence. Women worldwide have contributed to peace by taking public stands on issues of violence and war. In every society they begin by speaking out in public, where woman are forbidden to speak, and writing for publication, often in feminist fora. Soon come other challenges of social mores such as demanding an audience, writing petitions, and/or intruding on men's preserves. When ignored, women peacemakers engage in civil disobedience and nonviolent protests, many times uniquely different from male forms of dissent. Most women peacemakers do not resort to such extremes, but often risk their lives and reputations by trying to stop wars or violence. The failure to adequately document women peacemakers undervalues their contributions towards working to achieve peace. This presentation describes a collection of over 1000 selected women peacemakers across history from 11 geographic areas (Far East, India, Middle East, Africa, Latin America, Eastern Europe, Southern Europe, Western Europe, Northern Europe, North America, Southeast Asia/Pacific) and how they have contributed to peace and nonviolence. A small fraction of the collection will be discussed and demonstrated as an online, interactive (clickable) Women Peacemakers calendar ( The entire collection is organized so that a viewer can search women peacemakers from around the world by name or birth date. Each entry shows how she has contributed to peacemaking, which includes a quote and a picture. We hope that this collection will inspire future peacemakers.

Learning Areas:

Diversity and culture
Other professions or practice related to public health
Public health or related education
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
List 3 women who have contributed to making peace and what they did to make a difference. Describe the ways that differentiate how women (as opposed to men) contribute to peace.

Keyword(s): War, Women

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have assisted in the development of this women peacemakers calendar, poster, and website launching. Through a social justice lens, I also teach workshops and classes that facilitate action on the social determinants of health.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.