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Champions for Peace: Women Winners of the Nobel Peace Prize

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Overview

A second edition of this book is now available.

Click here to listen to the interview with Judith Stiehm and Nobel Prize-winner Wangari Maathai on the Mimi Geerges show.

Since it was first awarded in 1901, only twelve women have won the Nobel Prize for Peace. Hailing from all over the world, including the United States, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Central America, some have held graduate degrees, while others are barely schooled. Some began their work when young, some well past middle age. One was titled and two were subsistence farmers. This book shows their varied lives in fascinating detail. Engaged and inspiring, these women clearly demonstrate that there is something each of us can do to advance a just, positive peace. Whether they began by insisting on garbage collection or simply by planting a tree, each understood that peace must be global in order to be sustained. All learned that peace is not always popular, but believed they must persevere. They shared a common vision and commitment undiminished by obstacles and opposition. All are truly champions for peace.

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Editorial Reviews

The Christian Science Monitor
If you seek inspiration for instigating change, Stiehm's book will deliver. The earlier profiles are especially insightful, with the advantage of historical perspective. But the examples of all of these healers, writers, and peacemakers prove once again how one individual committed to goodness can lead civilization forward.
Journal Of International Women's Studies
Useful, accessible book that every peace activist and every feminist should have on her or his shelf.
Cynthia Enloe
Once again, Judith Stiehm, who has done so much to shine light on women inside militaries, shows us what a feminist curiosity about war and peace can freshly reveal. Champions for Peace opens our jaded eyes to all the smart thinking and savvy activist work that women in many countries have been doing to chart what peace looks like and move us toward creating it.
Barbara Ehrenreich
Champions for Peace is a book that was waiting to be written, and Judith Stiehm has handled the task with insight and verve. Give it to your daughter, but only after you absorb the inspiration yourself!
J. Ann Tickner
A highly readable account of the diverse lives and times of twelve remarkable women, united by their struggles for peace and justice. Judith Stiehm deserves our thanks for bringing their stories together.
Susan Waltz
Judith Stiehm’s clear, crisp narrative carries us into the company of twelve remarkably ordinary women recognized for their extraordinary contributions to international peace and social justice. Though different in many ways, the Nobel Peace women have shared a gift for recognizing what needed to be done and pursuing it with dogged determination. Stiehm shows us that their 'heroism' is within reach of us all. This book is both a celebration and an inspiration.
Donna E. Shalala
An extraordinary story of champions—women who pursued peace. Some came from great wealth, others from poverty. All ages, religions, ethnic backgrounds—and all extraordinarily optimistic. A must-read for your soul.
Pamela Aall
Judith Stiehm has written a wonderfully readable book about twelve gifted activist women who have been forces for change in the world. Stiehm reminds us that women have been critical to creating an understanding of peace, how difficult peace is to achieve, and what it takes to promote peaceful change. Their accomplishments are the more remarkable because these women were not presidents or prime ministers. Their power came not from political office or military strength, but from the force of their ideas, passion, and commitment to advancing a nonviolent vision of resolving conflicts. Stiehm's deft touch and engaging style presents these women so that we become familiar with their human sides as well as their remarkable achievements.
Henrik Syse
The women who have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize showcase a remarkably wide variety of personalities and interests. Thus, reading their histories provides us with a true sample of diversified greatness. All of these individuals have addressed wrongs largely created by men. All have performed challenging and unusual feats. Some have been—and remain—controversial. Professor Stiehm has done a great service for us in collecting their achievements and putting them in the larger context of the Peace Prize. This book will be an invaluable reference work.
Pamela R. Aall
Judith Stiehm has written a wonderfully readable book about twelve gifted activist women who have been forces for change in the world. Stiehm reminds us that women have been critical to creating an understanding of peace, how difficult peace is to achieve, and what it takes to promote peaceful change. Their accomplishments are the more remarkable because these women were not presidents or prime ministers. Their power came not from political office or military strength, but from the force of their ideas, passion, and commitment to advancing a nonviolent vision of resolving conflicts. Stiehm's deft touch and engaging style presents these women so that we become familiar with their human sides as well as their remarkable achievements.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742540255
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 8/28/2006
  • Pages: 252
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Judith Hicks Stiehm is professor of political science at Florida International University.

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Table of Contents

Preface: In the Tradition of Lysistrata: Women Champions for Peace
Chapter 1: Bertha von Suttner: Noble Woman and Nobel Friend
Chapter 2: Jane Addams: "The Greatest Woman Who Ever Lived"
Chapter 3: Emily Greene Balch: The Dismissed Professor
Chapter 4: Betty Williams and Mairead Corrigan: Sisterhood Created by Tragedy
Chapter 5: Mother Theresa: From Macedonia to India
Chapter 6: Alva Myrdal: World Diplomat
Chapter 7: Aung San Suu Kyi: Resisting by Staying Home
Chapter 8: Rigoberta Menchú Tum: A Story which Broke the World's Heart
Chapter 9: Jody Williams: Internet Activist
Chapter 10: Shirin Ebadi: Muslim Judge
Chapter 11: Wangari Muta Maathi: Kenya's "Green" Doctor
Conclusion: Champions All

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