Communication of women Nobel Peace laureates explored in new book
We are all familiar with Al Gore, Mother Teresa, and maybe even Aung San Suu Kyi, but how many have heard of Shirin Ebadi, Jody Williams, or Wangari
Maathai? And yet all have won the Nobel Prize for Peace, many fairly recently.
In "Dangerous Women: The Rhetoric of the Women Nobel Peace Laureates," published in February by Troubador Publishing, Dr. Ellen Gorsevski, communication,
examines the lives and enormous contributions of 15 women who used any nonviolent means of communication available to them to advocate for peace, often at
great risk to themselves and their families. She traces the history back to 1905 laureate Baroness Bertha von Suttner, who used her writing, first as a
novelist and later as an essayist and persuasive author, to build an international peace movement during an increasingly unstable time in world affairs.
The laureates have used their persuasive strategies toward banning land mines, to advocate for the rights of indigenous people, calm ethnic and racial
conflict, promote nuclear disarmament during the Cold War, and more. Jane Addams, famous for founding the profession of social work and Hull House and as a
women's suffragist, is perhaps less well known as the 1931 Peace Prize recipient for her international diplomacy.
"It's been an amazing journey of discovery," Gorsevski said of the book project.