by Liz Olson and Jennie Wood

The Nobel tranquility Prize is awarded come persons who have actually made the most outstanding contributions toward people peace. Native novelists to social workers, the award has gone come persons who devoted their resides to ameliorating humanity. Bertha von Suttner, a girlfriend of Alfred Nobel, to be the an initial woman to victory the Nobel tranquility Prize. Monitor the slideshow to learn much more about the exceptional women who have actually won the Nobel peace Prize.

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Bertha von Suttner
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1931Jane Addams to be an American society worker. In 1889, with Ellen gateways Starr, she established Hull home in Chicago, one of the first social negotiations in the joined States. Hull house served together a community facility for the ar poor and also later as a facility for social reform activities. That was important in Chicago public affairs and also had an influence on the settlement activity throughout the country. An active reformer throughout her career, woman Addams was a leader in the woman"s suffrage and also pacifist movements, and was a solid opponent the the Spanish-American War.Fun Fact: woman Addams won the 1931 Nobel peace Prize jointly through Nicholas Murray Butler.From the Columbia EncyclopediaEmily G. Balch
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1946Emily G. Balch was an American economist and also sociologist. She teach at Wellesley College till her dismissal (1918) for opposing U.S. Involvement in people War I. Co-founder the the Women"s international League for Peace and Freedom through Jane Addams and its international secretary indigenous 1919 to 1922.Fun Fact: Emily Balch common the 1946 Nobel tranquility Prize v John R. Mott.From the Columbia EncyclopediaMairead Corrigan
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1976Mairead Corrigan is an ireland social activist. A volunteer social worker in the Catholic areas of Belfast, Corrigan saw three of she sister"s youngsters killed when a vehicle driven by an irish Republican army (IRA) terrorist went the end of regulate after gift fired top top by british troops. Betty Williams, who also witnessed the incident, joined through Corrigan to type the Peace world Organization, a movement of Catholics and Protestants specialized to ending sectarian fighting in northern Ireland. Because that their occupational the two women were awarded the 1976 Nobel peace Prize.Fun Fact: Mairead Corrigan hold an Honorary medical professional of legislation from Yale University, U.S.From the Columbia EncyclopediaBetty Williams
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1976Betty Williams is a northern Irish tranquility activist. In Aug., 1976, Williams witnessed the fatality of three children when a auto driven by an irish Republican military (IRA) terrorist went out of manage after gift fired ~ above by british troops. She began publicly demonstrating for peace, joining forces with Mairad Corrigan, the aunt of the slain children, shortly after the incident. The two created the Peace people Organization, a motion of Catholics and Protestants committed to finishing sectarian fighting in northern Ireland. Because that their work the 2 women to be awarded the 1976 Nobel peace Prize.Fun Fact: Williams has also been honored through the People"s tranquility Prize that Norway, the Schweitzer Medallion because that Courage, the boy name Luther King, Jr. Award, the Eleanor Roosevelt Award, and also more.From the Columbia Encyclopedia Photo: World Centers that Compassion for kids InternationalMother Teresa of Calcutta
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1979Mother Teresa that Calcutta was a roman inn Catholic missionary in India. That Albanian parentage, she visited India in ~ 17, coming to be a nun and also teaching institution in Calcutta (now Kolkata). In 1948 she left the convent and also founded the Missionaries the Charity, which currently operates schools, hospitals, orphanages, and also food centers worldwide. She was beatified by Pope man Paul II in 2003. For she work, mommy Teresa won the 1979 Nobel tranquility Prize.Fun Fact: mommy Teresa was born in Skopje (now in Macedonia) together Agnes Goxha Bojaxhiu.From the Columbia Encyclopedia Photo: Archive PhotosAlva Myrdal
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1982Alva Myrdal to be a swedish sociologist, diplomat, and political leader. She actively participated in the United countries as head that the department of social welfare and also as manager of the room of social sciences of UNESCO. After she served as a member the Sweden"s parliament, she led Sweden"s delegation come the UN Disarmament Conference in Geneva and was minister that disarmament and also church affairs. For her occupational in the nuclear disarmament movement, she winner the 1982 Nobel peace Prize.Fun Fact: Alva Myrdal was ambassador to India, Burma (now Myanmar), Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), and also Nepal.From the Columbia Encyclopedia Photo: Library of CongressDaw Aung san Suu Kyi
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1993Daw Aung mountain Suu Kyi is a Burmese politics leader. She join the opposition come U Ne Win and became leader of the National league for Democracy (NLD). She outspoken criticism the the armed forces leaders of Myanmar made she a symbol of well-known desire because that political freedom and also a focus of opposition to the dictatorship. In July, 1989, she was inserted under residence arrest. Awarded the 1991 Nobel peace Prize for her nonviolent struggle, she stayed under residence arrest until 1995. Nonetheless, she has stayed in Myanmar, continuing to write and also speak for her cause.Fun Fact: Daw Aung mountain Suu Kyi subsequently has been inserted in house arrest or detention indigenous Sept., 2000, to May, 2002, and since May, 2003.From the Columbia Encyclopedia Photo: U.S. Room of StateRigoberta Mench
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1992Rigoberta Mench is a Guatemalan society reformer. That Mayan descent, she and her family members were recorded in Guatemala"s bloody civil war. Protesters against human-rights abuses, she father, mother, and younger brothers were killed by Guatamalan soldiers, and also in 1981 Mench fled the nation and worked out in Mexico. In ~ home and also abroad, she has functioned to secure and protect the civil liberties of native peoples in she country and also to encourage intercultural peace. For her efforts, Mench was awarded the 1992 Nobel tranquility Prize.Fun Fact: Mench ended up being a candidate because that the Guatemalan presidency early on in 2007.From the Columbia Encyclopedia Photo: FreddyballoJody Williams and also International project to half Landmines
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1997In 1992 Jody Williams, functioning with 6 nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), established the International project to ban Landmines (ICBL). Williams offered as establishing coordinator of the group, which seeks to ban the use and also deployment the antipersonnel landmines and also destroy currently ones. In Oslo, Norway, in Sept. 1997, Williams and ICBL realized one of their main goals, when 89 nations signed an worldwide treaty banning worldwide landmines. Williams and also ICBL to be awarded the 1997 Nobel peace Prize for their efforts.Fun Fact: prior to her occupational with ICBL, Williams oversaw humanitarian relief jobs in central America.From the Columbia Encyclopedia Photo: Nuclear age Peace FoundationShirin Ebadi
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2003Shirin Ebadin winner the 2003 Nobel tranquility Prize for her work fostering the civil liberties of women and children in her home nation of Iran. Ebadi graduated through a law degree from Tehran University. After year of gift denied a regulation license by the Iranian government, Ebadi set up her own legal practice in 1992 and also quickly arisen a distinct interest the rights of women, journalists, and also others who lacked strength under the Iranian regime. The Nobel Committee praised Ebadi because that "her initiatives for democracy and human rights" and also said "She has actually stood up together a sound professional, a courageous person, and also has never heeded the hazards to her own safety."Fun Fact: Ebadi was named Iran"s first-ever female referee in 1975. However, she and also other female judges were compelled to resign once Iran came to be an Islamic Republic ~ the transformation of 1979.From Who2 biographies Source: CKSinfo.comWangari Maathai
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2004Kenyan ecologist Wangari Maathai won the 2004 Nobel tranquility Prize for her years of work-related with females to reverse African deforestation. Maathai started the green Belt Movement, a tree-planting program to turning back deforestation and carry out firewood because that Kenyan women. The program caused the planting of countless trees and also Maathai ended up being a major political number in Kenya. She to be the an initial African mrs to success a Nobel.Fun Fact: Maathai visited college in the joined States, earning levels from Mt. St. Scholastica university (1964) and the university of Pittsburgh (1966).From Who2 biographies Photo: Martin RoweEllen Johnson Sirleaf
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2011Ellen Johnson Sirleaf winner the 2011 Nobel tranquility Prize, share it with Leymah Gbowee that Liberia and Tawakel Karman that Yemen. The three women were recognized for their efforts in women"s rights, peace-building, and for your non-violent struggle for the safety and security of women. As President of Liberia, Sirleaf was the first female chosen head of state in Africa. Indigenous 1979 to 1980 she offered as Minister of Finance under President wilhelm Tolbert. In 1992, Sirleaf was the Assistant Administrator and also later manager of the united Nations advance Programme"s regional Bureau because that Africa. While at the UN, she was one of seven people designated through the organization of afri Unity to inspection the Rwandan genocide.Fun Facts:U.S. Secretary the State Condoleezza Rice and first Lady Laura bush attended Sirleaf"s inauguration. Some resources hyphenate her name, spelling the Johnson-Sirleaf; however, she bio native the Liberian embassy in Washington, D.C. Spells she name with no hyphen and calls her "Mrs. Sirleaf."From Who2 biographies Photo: U.S. State department / windy DomainLeymah Gbowee 2011Leymah Gbowee, a Liberian peace activist, to be awarded the 2011 Nobel tranquility Prize, along with Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Tawakkul Karman for their non-violent battle for the safety and security of women and also their efforts in women"s rights and also peace-building. Gbowee led a women"s peace movement that ended the second Liberian Civil war in 2003. The tranquility movement also led to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf ending up being the first female president of Liberia. Gbowee started her journey together a tranquility activist in 1998 through volunteering at the Trauma Healing and also Reconciliation regimen in Monrovia. She provided that training come rehabilitate ex-child soldiers that were involved in the 2nd Liberian polite War. Gbowee, a mother of four, was influenced by the photos of war. She rallied the women of Liberia, imploring lock to aid her stop the violence the was destroying their children. She became the leader that the women in Peacebuilding Network.

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Fun Facts:Gbowee to be the narrator and main character in Pray the Devil earlier to Hell, a 2008 documentary film, which contained footage indigenous the 2nd Liberian civil War. That took ideal Documentary attribute at the 2008 Tribeca movie Festival in new York. Gbowee created a memoir, Mighty be Our Powers, i m sorry was released in 2011.Photo: Jon StyerTawakkul Karman
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2011In 2011, Tawakkul Karman came to be the an initial Yemeni, first Arab woman, and 2nd Muslim woman to victory a Nobel Prize. She to be a co-recipient that the award, in addition to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and also Leymah Gbowee, for their initiatives in women"s rights, peace-building, and for their non-violent struggle for the safety and security of women. A journalist, politician, and human civil liberties activist, Karman top the team Women Journalists Without chains (WJWC). She co-founded WJWC in 2005. She came to be an support for a mobile phone call news company after it was denied a patent in 2007. She has organized and led numerous protests for freedom of the press and also for reform issues. In 2011, she became the public confront of the uprising in Yemen.Fun Fact: Yemenis contact her "Mother that the Revolution" and the "Iron Woman." Photo: Matthew Russell Lee