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Women Nobel Peace Prize Winners

by Liz Olson

The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to persons who have made the most outstanding contributions toward world peace. From novelists to social workers, the award has gone to persons who dedicated their lives to ameliorating humanity. Follow the slideshow to learn more about the outstanding women who have won the Nobel Peace Prize.

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Bertha von Suttner (1905)


Bertha von Suttner was an Austrian novelist, known chiefly as an ardent pacifist. Her pacifist novel Die Waffen nieder (1889, tr. Lay Down Your Arms, 1892) had great social impact. Through her subsequent friendship with Alfred Nobel, she influenced him to establish the Nobel Prizes. She was the first woman awarded (1905) the Nobel Peace Prize.

Fun Fact: Bertha von Suttner was born Countess Kinsky in Prague, growing up in the Austrian court.

From the Columbia Encyclopedia.

Next: Jane Addams (1931)

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