Leymah Gbowee

Leymah Gbowee

Author profile

in Liberia
February 01, 1972



About this author

Leymah Roberta Gbowee is a Liberian peace activist responsible for leading a women's peace movement that brought an end to the Second Liberian Civil War in 2003.
The peace movement began when Gbowee reportedly had a dream where God told her, "Gather the women and pray for peace!" That was the beginning of the peace movement that united Christian and Muslim women against President Charles Taylor and the war.
This led to the election of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in Liberia, and Gbowee, along with Sirleaf and Tawakkul Karman, were awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize "for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women's rights to full participation in peace-building work."

Average rating: 4.14 · 1,759 ratings · 298 reviews · 2 distinct works · Similar authors
Mighty Be Our Powers: How S...
4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 1,759 ratings — published 2011 — 17 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Mighty Be Our Powers: How S...
0.0 of 5 stars 0.00 avg rating — 0 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating

* Note: these are all the books on Goodreads for this author. To add more, click here.

Upcoming Events

No scheduled events. Add an event.

“The person who hurt you--who raped you or killed your family--is also here. If you are still angry at that person, if you haven't been able to forgive, you are chained to him. Everyone could feel the emotional truth of that: When someone offends you and you haven't let go, every time you see him, you grow breathless or your heart skips a beat. If the trauma was really severe, you dream of revenge. Above you, is the Mountain of Peace and Prosperity where we all want to go. But when you try to climb that hill, the person you haven't forgiven weighs you down. It's a personal choice whether or not to let go. No one can tell you how long to mourn a death or rage over a rape. But you can't move forward until you break that chain.”
Leymah Gbowee, Mighty Be Our Powers: How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War

“Sometimes, people call my way of speaking ranting. Why are you always ranting and screaming, they ask. But here’s the thing…the reason why I rant is because I am a voice for many women that cannot speak out to heads of state, UN officials, and those that influence systems of oppression. And so I rant. And I will not stop ranting until my mission of equality of all girls is achieved.”
Leymah Gbowee

“You can tell people of the need to struggle, but when the powerless start to see that they really can make a difference, nothing can quench the fire.”
Leymah Gbowee, Mighty Be Our Powers: How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War

Topics Mentioning This Author

topics posts views last activity  
Around the World ...: Karen's List 12 62 Dec 26, 2011 11:13AM  
The 104 Book Chal...: Tiennie's 2011 104 Book Challenge Finished! And now to be continued... 202 102 Dec 30, 2011 11:13PM  
The Liberal Polit...: 2011 peace prize 4 12 Jan 03, 2012 07:30AM  
Around the World ...: Kimberly's 2013 List 16 46 Jan 22, 2013 05:27AM  
The Seasonal Read...: This topic has been closed to new comments. Fall 2014 Completed Tasks: Do Not Delete Posts 4668 1018 Dec 01, 2014 08:53AM  
Around the World ...: Dlmrose - 2014 Frequent Flyer 33 123 Jan 04, 2015 09:36AM  

Is this you? Let us know. If not, help out and invite Leymah to Goodreads.