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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.
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