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The Nobel Peace Prize 2011 was awarded jointly to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkul Karman "for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work".

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Leymah Gbowee appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on November 14, 2011. In this unedited, extended interview, Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee discusses leading the women's peace movement that ended Liberia's second civil war.

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Bob HerbertThe New York Times
June 19, 2009

“A Crazy Dream” By Bob Herbert
The award-winning New York Times Op-Ed columnist Bob Herbert ran a piece titled “A Crazy Dream” (referencing a quote from Leymah in the film) on January 31, 2009. He wrote that Leymah Gbowee “should be a lesson to all of us" and that PRAY “reminds us of the incredible power available to the most ordinary of people if they are willing to act with courage and unwavering commitment.”
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The Daily BeastLeymah Gbowee's columns as The Daily Beast's Africa Columnist

April 5, 2010
The Daily Beast
It’s Time To End Africa’s Mass Rape Tragedy
by Leymah Gbowee
First column by Leymah on her Africa Column where she discusses mass rape tragedy
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May 11, 2010
The Daily Beast
My Drive to Save African Sex Workers
by Leymah Gbowee
Second column about witnessing the violent arrest of a refugee girl forced into a bleak life as a sex worker in Congo
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August 18, 2010
The Daily Beast
"Watching The Charles Taylor Trial from Liberia" By Leymah Gbowee
Leymah watches former President Charles Taylor’s war crimes trial from Monrovia and wishes it were being held in Africa, and revels in its threat to other despots.
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Newsweek Newsweek
January 24,, 2009
“The End of Swagger” By Anna Quindlen
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and best-selling novelist Anna Quindlen mentions the film in her essay, “The End of Swagger,” published in Newsweek. Ms. Quindlen writes that “the welfare of women should be a key component of American foreign policy,” and that Secretary Clinton is the woman to make that happen. She uses the Liberian women’s accomplishment as an example of what good can come from women’s leadership.
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MovieMaker Magazine
MovieMaker Magazine
November 9, 2009
"Self-Distribution Hell" by Gini Reticker
An essay by director Gini Reticker about the distribution strategy for Pray the Devil Back to Hell
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CBS Early Show
Secretary Clinton's Address to the Legislature of Liberia
August 13, 2009
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton refers to Pray the Devil Back to Hell in her speech during her visit to Monrovia.

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Bill Moyers Home Journal Bill Moyers Journal
June 19, 2009

Leymah Gbowee and Abigail Disney were interviewed by Lynn Sherr on an installment of the prestigious show on PBS, The Bill Moyers Journal.

Abigail Disney and Leymah Gbowee on Bill Moyers Journal

The show’s blog sparked an online conversation and many posts, such as “The Liberian women risked everything to take back their country. They should inspire us with their fearlessness and solidarity. We American women need to rise up and reclaim our country!”

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Colbert Report Logo The Colbert Report
July 14, 2009

On July 14, 2009, Stephen Colbert interviewed Leymah Gbowee on Comedy Central’s satirical late night program The Colbert Report, which gave the Liberian women’s story exposure to a much different demographic than our target audience. Although not accustomed to this style of interviewing, Leymah quickly adjusted, and her quick wit and charisma resulted in a very moving segment garnering cheers, laughter, and applause from the audience.

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CBS Early Show CBS Early Show
May 18, 2009
"Caroline Kennedy Opens Up"
Each year, the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation honors people who embody President Kennedy's commitment to public service with the The John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award®. Harry Smith speaks with Caroline Kennedy and one of the 2009 award winners, Leymah Gbowee.

Caroline Kennedy and Leymah Gbowee on the CBS Early Show, May 18, 2009
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Click here to watch Leymah's riveting acceptance speech at the award ceremony »
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O Magazine Logo O Magazine
(November 18, 2008/December 2008 Print Edition)
"The Rabble Rousers" By Kevin Conley

In a feature article in O Magazine, Kevin Conley profiles Leymah Gbowee and Abigail Disney. Recounting the pair’s journey from Gbowee’s initial low expectations for a meeting with Disney because of her name to the close friendship that blossomed between them, the article explores the personalities of the two visionaries.

"It's remarkable," says Mary McCormick, president of the Fund for the City of New York, a wide-ranging philanthropic organization that has set up a program so donors can contribute to the women's peace-building movement in Africa. "They're totally unsimilar in terms of the obvious: wealth, origin, nationality. But they're very similar in terms of their drive, and their vision, and their willingness to do what it takes to get the job done."

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Photo on left: Leymah Gbowee and Abigail E. Disney photographed for O Magazine. Photo by Gabrielle Revere

March 3, 2010
Boise Weekly
High Hopes: Artisans4Hope sews new community seeds
by Tara Morgan
Inspired by PDBH, women start nonprofit to train refugees
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Mothers of Lost Children hold vigil in front of White House
Mothers of Lost Children held a silent vigil at the White House dressed in white inspired by the Liberian women, May 9, 2010. Photo:

May 10, 2010
Salem News
SILENT VIGIL AT WHITE HOUSE: Mothers of Lost Children
by Coral Anika Theill
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Forbes Woman August 19, 2010
Abigail Disney Isn’t Interested in Cinderella Stories
by Heidi Brown
Profile on Abigail Disney
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