On Mother’s Day weekend, the Burlington Branch of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) presents Most Dangerous Women—celebrating a century of the international women’s peace movement. Under the direction of author Jan Maher, with music direction by Matthew LaRocca, Most Dangerous Women is a staged reading weaving together headlines, speeches, memoirs, poems, and plenty of songs to tell its story. Two performances: May 9, 7:00 p.m. and May 10, 2:00 p.m. at North End Studio A, 294 N. Winooski Ave. in Burlington. Tickets are $5, and are available at the Peace & Justice Center store or online through Brown Paper Tickets . See more here.
Some of the Most Dangerous Women:
Alice Walker, poet, author and activist. Her first novel The Color Purple won the Pulitzer Prize. She has been an active campaigner for economic justice, conservation, human rights and women’s rights.
Amber Amundson, widow of Craig Scott Amundson killed in 9/11 Pentagon attack and a founding member of Families for Peaceful Tomorrows.
Amelia Boynton, civil rights activist. In 1964, she became the first African American woman to seek a seat in Congress from Alabama. She was gassed, beaten at left for dead on March 7, 1965 during the “Bloody Sunday” march for voting rights. Images of her treatment galvanized international support for the Civil Rights Movement.
Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of democratic movement in Burma, 1991 Nobel Peace Laureate.
Barbara Lee, US Congresswoman and only vote in House of Representatives against authorizing President Bush to use military force without condition in retaliation for 9/11 attack.
Coretta Scott King, was active in both the civil rights movement and the peace movement, she led goodwill missions in many countries and was a featured speaker at numerous peace and justice rallies. She was also married to Martin Luther King Jr.
Ellen Sirleaf Johnson, President of Liberia and co-winner of 2011 Nobel Peace Prize.
Emily Greene Balch, economist, a WILPF founder and winner of the 1946 Nobel Peace Prize.
Gwendolyn Brooks, was the first African American to win a Pulitzer Prize in 1950 and was appointed poet laureate for the State of Illinois in 1968.
Helen Caldicott, Australian, founding president of Physicians for Social Responsibility, anti-nuclear activist.
Holly Near, singer/songwriter.
Indira Gandhi, was the fourth woman to be elected president of the Indian National Congress and in 1967 was the second woman in the world to be elected prime minister of her country.
Jane Addams, founder of Hull House, first U. S. woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, first president of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.
Jeannette M. Rankin, Republican from Montana, the first woman to be elected to the United States Congress.
Joan Cavanagh, poet, founding mother of Spinsters Opposed to Nuclear Genocide.
Jody Williams, 1997 Nobel Peace Laureate for her work with the International Campaign to Ban Land Mines.
Joy Harjo, Creek poet, author, musician.
Mairead Corrigan Maguire, Irish peace activist, 1976 co-winner of Nobel Peace Prize.
Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani activist for female education and youngest person to ever win the Nobel Peace Prize (2014).
Mavis Smallberg, South African poet, performer, and educator. She has been a part of several cultural collectives, all of which exist to educate, inspire, encourage and promote writing and the arts and culture in general. This includes WEAVE (Women’s Education and Artistic Voice Expression), a black women’s writing and publishing collective in Capetown, South Africa.
Nafis Sadik, a Pakistani national, was born in India. In 1987 Dr. Sadik was the first woman to lead a major UN voluntary funded program.
Pamela Saffer, peace activist, member of fact-finding mission to Iraq after 1990-91 Gulf War.
Rosika Schwimmer, Hungarian pacifist, feminist, and suffragist.
Shirin Ebadi, first woman in Iran to become a judge, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003, author and lectures widely on human rights and children’s rights issues.
Toyomi Hashimoto, 21-year-old mother and survivor of the bombing of Nagasaki.
Wangari Maathai, Kenyan environmental activist and 2004 Nobel Peace Laureate. First woman in Kenya to receive a doctorate degree. She was elected to Kenyan parliament in 2002 and appointed Assistant to Minister of Environment, Natural Resources, and Wildlife.
Zlata Filipovic, Bosnian writer whose journal Zlata’s Diary was published when she was 13.