Women Nobel Peace Prize Winners
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Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1979)
Mother Teresa of Calcutta was a Roman Catholic missionary in India. Of Albanian parentage, she went to India at age 17, becoming a nun and teaching school in Calcutta (now Kolkata). In 1948 she left the convent and founded the Missionaries of Charity, which now operates schools, hospitals, orphanages, and food centers worldwide. She was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 2003. For her work, Mother Teresa won the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize.
Fun Fact: Mother Teresa was born in Skopje (now in Macedonia) as Agnes Goxha Bojaxhiu.
From the Columbia Encyclopedia. Photo: Archive Photos.
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