10 women change-makers from AFSC’s history

Anna Cox Brinton

Anna Cox Brinton

Anna Cox Brinton, a Quaker and classics scholar, helped feed children after WWII and went on to serve on AFSC boards and committees for most of her adult life.

In celebration of Women’s History Month, we pay tribute to and offer a brief picture of a few AFSC staff and advisors whose courage, strength, and wisdom helped foster peace and social justice throughout the world.

Preventing civil war at home, transforming conflict worldwide

Dekha Ibrahim Abdi promoted peaceful solutions to conflict by sharing her own experience of violence in her Kenyan community. 

Supporting school desegregation in Mississippi

As AFSC's Southern Field Representative, Connie Curry worked closely with the Carter family in Mississippi to desegregate public schools.

Creating an international women’s movement

Saralee Hamilton ran the National Women's Program from 1975-2006, bringing a feminist perspective to the work of AFSC for more than 30 years.

A counter narrative from inside Vietnam

Marjorie Nelson, while working as a doctor in Vietnam, went missing after a violent bomb strike.  She returned with a fresh understanding of the human side of conflict.

Teaching toward a world without war

Elizabeth Gray Vining, a writer with the AFSC, helped to build new bridges as the first woman tutor to the crown prince of Japan after WWII.

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