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Women Nobel Peace Prize Winners

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Daw Aung San Suu Kyi (1991)

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is a Burmese political leader. She joined the opposition to U Ne Win and became leader of the National League for Democracy (NLD). Her outspoken criticism of the military leaders of Myanmar made her a symbol of popular desire for political freedom and a focus of opposition to the dictatorship. In July 1989 she was placed under house arrest. Awarded the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize for her nonviolent struggle, she remained under house arrest until 1995. Nonetheless, she has stayed in Myanmar, continuing to write and speak for her cause.

Fun Fact: Daw Aung San Suu Kyi subsequently was placed in house arrest or detention from September 2000 to May 2002, and again in May 2003.

From the Columbia Encyclopedia. Photo: U.S. Department of State.

Next: Rigoberta Menchú (1992)


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