Linking Present to Past

Women Winners of the
Nobel Peace Prize


1905: Bertha Sophie von Suttner(Austria) - Author of influential book “Lay Down Your Arms,” and President of the International Peace Bureau.

1931: Jane Addams (US) - won jointly with Nicholas Murray Butler (US)- Addams was President of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom and founder of Hull-House, a U.S. settlement house for immigrants families.

1946: Emily Greene Balch (US) - won jointly with John Raleigh Mott (US)- Balch worked with Jane Addams and also was President of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.

1976: Betty Williams (Britain) and Mairead Corrigan (Northern Ireland)- Both founded the Northern Ireland Peace Movement, (later called the Community of Peace People) dedicated to ending the violence in Northern Ireland.

1979: Mother Teresa (Albania)- A nun in the Orders of the Missionaries which helped the poorest of the poor in India.

1982: Alva Myrdal (Sweden) won jointly with Alfonso Garcia Robles (Mexico)- Myrdal, a writer and diplomat, worked for many years to promote disarmament and world peace.

1991: Aung San Suu Kyi (Burma/Myanmar)- Human rights advocate, often a political prisoner, for her efforts to peacefully bring democracy to Myanmar.

1992: Rigoberta Menchu (Guatemala)- For her efforts to bring enduring reconciliation among all sectors of Guatemalan society, and for defense of indigenous rights worldwide.

1997: Jody Williams (US)- won jointly with the group she coordinates, the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, for work promoting the banning and clearing of anti-personnel mines.

2003: Shirin Ebadi (Iran)- lawyer and human rights activist, notably in defense of the rights of women and children in her society.

2004: Wangari Maathai (Kenya)- Founder of Green Belt Movement which promotes awareness of the need to protect of natural resources as a prerequisite to a sustainable and peaceful world.

2011: Tawakkol Karman (Yeman), Leymah Gbowee (Liberia), President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (Liberia)

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