Tuesday, March 26, 2019
For the Aspire and Inspire sparkteam we are supposed to write about one of the women honored by the National Women’s History Alliance this month for Women’s History Month. This year they honor women who have led efforts to end war, violence, and injustice, and pioneered the use of nonviolence to change society. These Honorees embraced the fact that the means determine the ends and so developed nonviolent methods to ensure just and peaceful results.
I had never heard of any of their honorees before, so I chose Peace Pilgrim because of her name. The National Women’s History Alliance described her as “a non-denominational spiritual leader, pacifist, and vegetarian activist.”
I found this information about her life on www.peacepilgrim.org:
“Following an unhappy marriage, she embarked on a personal transition that culminated with her hiking the 2050-mile Appalachian Trail – the first woman to do so in one season. On this journey, she had a vision that guided the rest of her life. Relinquishing her name and possessions, she stepped out in front of the Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, CA on Jan. 1, 1953 wearing a blue tunic imprinted with her new identity: PEACE PILGRIM. For the next 28 years, she criss-crossed North America, touching many thousands of hearts, minds and lives as she walked joyfully on her pilgrimage for peace.”
Here are some quotes from her that I really liked: