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Shirin Ebadi (2003)

Shirin Ebadin won the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize for her work promoting the rights of women and children in her home country of Iran. Ebadi graduated with a law degree from Tehran University. After years of being denied a law license by the Iranian government, Ebadi set up her own legal practice in 1992 and quickly developed a special interest in the rights of women, journalists, and others who lacked power under the Iranian regime. The Nobel Committee praised Ebadi for "her efforts for democracy and human rights" and said, "She has stood up as a sound professional, a courageous person, and has never heeded the threats to her own safety."

Fun Fact: Ebadi was named Iran's first female judge in 1975. However, she and other female judges were forced to resign when Iran became an Islamic Republic after the revolution of 1979.

From Who2 biographies. Source: CKSinfo.com.

Next: Wangari Maathai (2004)


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