10.07.11

Leymah Gbowee 'Never Dreamed' of Nobel Win

Just hours after finding out she’d won the Nobel Peace Prize, Leymah Gbowee sat down with us to give her reaction, and discuss the message she hopes her win sends.

Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for her “non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women's rights to full participation in peace-building work.” She shares the prize with Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Yemeni democracy activist Tawukul Karman. Gbowee published her first book, Mighty Be Our Powers, (read an excerpt here) with Beast Books, the Daily Beast's books imprint, in September. She was The Daily Beast's Africa columnist, and appeared at the 2010 Women in the World summit. Plus, read Eliza Griswold’s interview with Gbowee in the September 26 issue of Newsweek.

Where were you when you found out you’d won?

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Had you ever dreamed that you would win anything like a Nobel Prize?

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What message do you hope your win sends, especially to women?

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You have a memoir, Mighty Be Our Powers. What can you tell us about it?

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To support Nobel Peace Price Winning Leymah Gbowee's work, please donate to the Women in the World Foundation and note that you would like the funds to go to Leymah Gbowee's organization, Women Peace and Security Network Africa (WIPSEN-Africa). 100 percent of the donation will be directed to her organization. Please donate at http://www.womenintheworld.org