Women Nobel Peace Prize Winners, 2d ed.

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About the Book

From the first woman Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Bertha von Suttner (1905), to the latest and youngest female Nobel laureate, Malala Yousafzai (2014), this book in its second edition provides a detailed look at the lives and accomplishments of each of these sixteen Prize winners. They did not expect recognition or fame for their work—economist Emily Greene Balch (1946) was surprised to learn that anyone knew about her. But they did not work in isolation: all met with discouragement, derision, threats or—in Yousafazi’s case—attempted murder and exile. A history of the Prize and a biographical sketch of Alfred Nobel are included.

About the Author(s)

Anita Price Davis, a North Carolina native, Gold Star daughter, and Duke University graduate, retired as the Charles A. Dana Professor of Education Emerita after 36 years at Converse College, Spartanburg, South Carolina. She is the author of many historical books and articles.
Marla J. Selvidge is a professor emerita at University of Central Missouri. She has written widely on the fields of feminist studies and religious studies.

Bibliographic Details

Anita Price Davis and Marla J. Selvidge
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 248
Bibliographic Info: 20 photos & illustrations, appendix, index
Copyright Date: 2016
pISBN: 978-0-7864-9917-5
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2212-5
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments vii

Foreword by Regina Birchem 1

Preface 5

Alfred Nobel and the Peace Prize 7

Women Nobel Peace Prize Winners

Bertha von Suttner (1905 • “The Peace Fury”) 23

Jane Addams   (1931 • “The Most Dangerous Woman in America”) 41

Emily Greene Balch    (1946 • Social Worker, Teacher, Pacifist, Practical Idealist) 62

Mairead Corrigan Maguire and Elizabeth (Betty) Williams 1976 • Unlikely Peacemakers in Ireland) 88

Mother Teresa (Agnes G. Bohjaxhiu)    (1979 • Icon of the Oppressed) 102

Alva Reimer Myrdal    (1982 • Diplomat, Teacher, Writer, Pioneer Feminist, Peace Advocate, Wife, Mother) 114

Aung San Suu Kyi (1991 • Political Leader, Prisoner, Pacifist) 139

Rigoberta Menchú Tum    (1992 • Advocate for Human Rights; Activist for Indigenous People) 155

Jody Williams (1997 • Advocate for the Banning and Clearing of ­Anti-Personnel Mines) 172

Shirin Ebadi (2003 • A New Prophetic Voice in Iran) 182

Wangari Muta Maathai  2004 • To Plant Is to Empower) 192

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf  (2011 • Africa’s First Woman President) 203

Leymah R. Gbowee    (2011 • Activist and Founder of Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace) 208

Tawakkol Abdel-Salam Karman  (2011 • Mother of the Yemen Revolution) 213

Malala Yousafzai   (2014 • A Fearless Voice for Children) 220

Appendix: Nobel Peace Prize Winners by Year, 1901–2014 227

Index 237

Book Reviews & Awards

“enlightening”—ARBA; Reviews of the first edition: “[the authors] are to be applauded for their research and their dedication”—Spartanburg Herald-Journal.