Nobel Peace Prize Winners – Congratulations!

While the word ‘peace’ may sound like another five letter word that’s often over used by politicians, it once meant enough to Alfred Nobel (whom the prize is named after) to allocate a portion of his wealth in his will for the peace prize amongst other prizes.

This year the prize went to three women, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkul Karman. All three where chosen by the Nobel selection committee for “for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work”.

Beauty & The Black Woman would like to congratulate all three for continuing to champion the rights of women world wide, especially in places where it’s most required, parts of Africa and the parts of the Arab world.

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf recipient and Liberia’s current present quick bio:

  • Born October 29, 1938 in Monrovia, Liberia
  • Graduate of the College of West Africa at Monrovia, Bachelor’s in accounting at Madison Business College in Madison, Wisconsin, Economics degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University.
  • Liberia’s first elected female president, Africa’s first democratically elected female president, currently up for re-election in what appears to be a very close election result as I write this, the votes are being counted, and the world’s first elected black female president awaits to find out the results.
  • A mother to four sons and a grandmother to eleven
  • 2010, Newsweek named her one of the top 10 leaders in the world, Time called her out as one of the top 10 female leaders in the world (http://mom.babble.com/mom/mominations/politics/ellen-johnson-sirleaf-2/)
  • Favorite Quotes
  • “If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough.” ― Ellen Johnson SirleafThis Child Will Be Great: Memoir of a Remarkable Life by Africa’s First Woman President

 

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