Leymah Gbowee

Jon Styer/Eastern Mennonite University

Jon Styer/Eastern Mennonite University

Gbowee was born in Liberia and in her teens was deeply influenced by that nation’s descent into civil war. Married with children, she faced near starvation as a young mother. She became increasingly committed to Christian peace activism and earned an undergraduate degree at Mother Patern College of Health Sciences. She used her training to help child soldiers and helped organize the Women in Peacebuilding Network and the Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace, which brought together Christians and Muslims. She has been credited with a major role in helping to end the Liberian civil war in 2003 and since then is associated with peacebuilding through addressing trauma and seeking restorative justice. In 2007 Gbowee received a Master’s degree from Eastern Mennonite University and the Blue Ribbon for Peace from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. In 2011, together with Tawakkol Karman and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize “for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work” (Nobelprize.org).


Resources & Further Reading

Gbowee, Leymah and Carol Mithers. 2011. Mighty Be Our Powers: How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War. N.Y.: Beast Books.

Leymah Gbowee, Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leymah_Gbowee

Nobelprize.org. http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/2011/

“Pray the Devil Back to Hell.” 2008. Documentary Film. Director Gini Reticker.

Stiehm, Judith. 2006. Champions for Peace: Women Winners of the Nobel Peace Prize. Lanham, MD.: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

“Women Winners of the Nobel Peace Prize.” 2011. Women in World History Curriculum. http://www.womeninworldhistory.com/contemporary-03.html

Veronica Strong-Boag

Veronica Strong-Boag

Veronica Strong-Boag, Ph.D, FRSC, is a Canadian historian specializing in the modern history of women and children in Canada. She is Professor Emerita of Women's History at the University of British Columbia. In 1988 she won the John A. Macdonald Prize (awarded to the best book in Canadian history) for her study of the lives of women in Canada between the wars, entitled The New Day Recalled. In 1993–94 she served as president of the Canadian Historical Association. She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2001. In July 2012 the Royal Society of Canada announced that Strong-Boag would be awarded the J. B. Tyrrell Historical Medal "for outstanding work in the history of Canada."