During the month of March, in celebration of Women’s History Month, we have been reading and learning about many, many inspirational women who have touched and influenced the lives of millions of people! People of Peace features both men and women who have fought for and advocated for peace in our world! Here are a few of the women we read about.
💫Bertha von Suttner (June 9, 1843-June 21, 1914)
Suttner is the author of, “Lay Down Your Arms!” (1889) and was a leader for peace in Austria. Pacifist, novelist and journalist Suttner promoted peace throughout her life! Suttner was the first woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 1905!
💫Wangari Maathai (April 1, 1940-Sept. 25, 2011)
An environmentalist in the African country of Kenya, Maathai encouraged women to plant trees not only to protect and preserve nature but to also provide women with sustanable work! Maathai was the first woman in East and Central Africa to earn a doctorate degree in 1971! Maathai fought against the corrupt Kenyan government and called for open elections. In 2004 she became the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize for her dedication and work to protect the environment!
💫Rigoberta Menchú member of the K’iche’ Maya indigenous people in Guatemala, spoke up and successfully fought against their exploitation. In 1992 at age 33, Menchú became the youngest person to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize!
💫Sophie Scoll. (May 9, 1921-Feb. 22, 1943)
Scoll, age 21, a rebel against the Nazis, executed for distributing anti-Nazi leaflets at the University of Munich!
💫Tegla Loroupe, winner of the 1994 New York marathon uses sports to promote unity and freedom with her foundation. Loroupe works with refugees in Kenya, six of whom participated in the 2016 Olympics in Rio!
Read much more about these and many other amazing women (and some amazing men too) in:
People of Peace: Meet 40 Amazing Activist (2018)
Authors: Sandrine Mirza
Illustrator: Le Duo
Publisher: Quarto Publishing Group-Wide Eye Edition
Publishing Date: May 3, 2018
People of Peace was recieved courtesy of Quarto Publishing and Netgalley. This review is based on my own reading and opinions.