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Every October, the Nobel Committee announces the winners of the Nobel Peace Prize. It's one of six Nobel awards, along with prizes in Chemistry, Physics, Physiology/Medicine, Literature and Economic Sciences. The Peace Prize recognizes individuals or organizations who, to quote Nobel Prize founder Alfred Nobel, “have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.”
Tomorrow in NYC, the Mindr community will hear from the incredible Beatrice Fihn about her journey to the Nobel Peace Prize. As Executive Director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), Beatrice accepted the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of ICAN, which is a coalition that works to prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons. She delivered the Nobel Lecture in Oslo on behalf of the campaign along with Hiroshima bombing survivor, Setsuko Therlow, and credits motherhood for many of the strengths, capabilities and characteristics that have fueled her success. (The event is teetering on the edge of sold out, but you can check here to see if there are still tickets available.)
To get you ready to meet Beatrice, here are five things you ought to know about Female Nobel Laureates.
- There have been only 16 female Nobel Peace Prize Laureates. Ever. Since 1901, the Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded 98 times to 131 Laureates. Of these winners, 16 out of 104 individuals – roughly 15% – have been women. The prestigious award has been given to 27 organizations, including ICAN.
- Across all 6 Nobel awards, the Peace Prize actually has the highest percentage of female winners. When you look at the Nobel Laureates across all six awards, only 48 out of 892 – roughly 5% – have been women. Marie Curie is the only woman who has been honored twice, winning the 1903 Nobel Prize in Physics and the 1911 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
- Bertha von Suttner was the first female Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. She received the award in 1905 for her work as one of the leaders of the international peace movement. Baroness von Suttner wrote one of the nineteenth century’s most influential books, the anti-war novel “Lay Down Your Arms” (1889). She also established the Austrian Peace Society and stood out as a liberal and forceful leader on the male-dominated international political scene.
- The youngest Nobel Laureate is a woman. Malala Yousafzai was only 17 when she became the youngest person to receive any of the Nobel awards. In 2014, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize jointly with Kailash Satyarthi and was recognized for her advocacy work for educational rights for all children. In 2012, she survived a Taliban assassination attempt while riding the bus home from school in Pakistan. Following her attack, she moved to the United Kingdom, where she has continued her education and continues to fight for girls' rights internationally.
- ICAN beat out 317 other nominees to win the Nobel Peace Prize last year, and selected Beatrice and Setsuko to accept the Prize on its behalf. Competition was steep in 2017, with the second highest number of nominees for the prize. Of those nominated, 215 were individuals and 103 were organizations. 2016 set the record with 376 nominees.
Got questions? Beatrice is ready for 'em. If you're in NYC, we hope to see you tomorrow! And if you're following along from afar, head to our Instagram Stories to view coverage of the event by Mindr's lovely social correspondent, Capen Evans.