"Women as creative and courageous peace activists have always been crucial; what would the American Civil Rights movement have been without Rosa Parks, for example? But this 2011 prize underlines that today women are in the forefront as leaders directly making the change, and also, and equally important, they are bringing their own creativity, including their faith creativity, to this work as they sit, stand, march, pray, blog, and sometimes suffer harassment, beating, arrest and even death for a more decent and humane world. Peace is genuinely women’s work today. Of course, in many ways, it always has been."
- Susan Brooks Thistlehwaite, 'Nobel Peace Prize 2011: Peace is women's work', The Washington Post, in recognition of the awarding of this year's prize to Yemeni journalist and human rights activist, Tawakkol Karman, the first elected female President in Africa, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and Liberian author and peace activist, Leymah Gbowee.