From left: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee, and Tawakkul
Karman. Photo credits below.
By now you may have heard that this year’s Nobel Peace Prize went to three women: Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf; Liberian activist Leymah Gbowee; and Tawakkul Karman, a Yemeni opposition leader and mother of three.
The news is both thrilling—and a little embarrassing.
First, the Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to 98 individuals since 1901, and only 11 of them have been women. Suddenly with this year’s award, we’ve upped the number of female laureates by 27%.
That’s amazing. Yet how many of us know who these women are, or could describe the work they are doing?
It’s time to close the knowledge gap about the incredible female leaders in our midst.
“It’s extraordinary news that these three powerful women are being recognized for their role in women’s rights,” says Pamela Shifman, director of initiatives for women and girls at the NoVo Foundation.
“It also shines a light on the hundreds of thousands of women who are working tirelessly to bring peace and justice in their communities.”
On Monday in AssetClass, we are launching a four-part series on thought leaders. Let’s open up this conversation about money, worth and women now: