Leymah Gbowee’s Powerful Tale
Liberian activist Leyhmah Gbowee’s first book, Mighty Be Our Powers, published by the Daily Beast’s Beast Books imprint, tells the powerful story of Gbowee’s struggle to organize women to bring peace to her native Liberia. For 14 years, Gbowee lived in refugee camps—always trying to make a life, but she realized she had to take action. In 2003, Gbowee began organizing women into peace demonstrations, drafted her own treaty and even demanded a meeting with the president to present it to him. Gbowee once led a sex strike, during which Liberian women withheld sex to show their opposition to their fighting. "And although peace did not happen the day she did that in July, it did turn the tides," said The Daily Beast’s Tina Brown about Gbowee’s struggle.
September 14, 2011 8:01 AM