In a time of death and terror, Leymah Gbowee brought Liberia’s women together—and together they led a nation to peace.
As a young woman, Leymah Gbowee was broken by the Liberian civil war, a brutal conflict that tore apart her life and claimed the lives of countless relatives and friends. Years of fighting destroyed her country—and shattered Gbowee’s girlhood hopes and dreams. As a young mother trapped in a nightmare of domestic abuse, she found the courage to turn her bitterness into action, propelled by her realization that it is women who suffer most during conflicts—and that the power of women working together can create an unstoppable force. In 2003, the passionate and charismatic Gbowee helped organize and then led the Liberian Mass Action for Peace, a coalition of C hr istian and Muslim women who sat in public protest, confronting Liberia ’s ruthless president and rebel warlords, and even held a sex strike. With an army of women, Gbowee helped lead her nation to peace—in the process emerging as an international leader who changed history. Mighty Be Our Powers is the gripping c hr onicle of a journey from hopelessness to empowerment that will touch all who dream of a better world.
Leymah Gbowee on her memoir:
Leymah Gbowee on how her family reacted to her book:
About the Co-Author
Carol Mithers is a journalist and book author. Her work has appeared in a wide variety of newspapers and national magazines. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter.
Praise for Mighty Be Our Powers:
"a beautifully written narrative." — Michelle Bachelet, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women
"Mighty Be Our Powers reminds us that even in the worst of times, humanity's best can shine through." — Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, 1984
"One of the most inspirational and powerful books I've ever read. The story of one woman's struggle against the worst and what she can teach all of us about finding the courage and strength to change the world." — Sheryl Sandberg, COO Facebook
"An engrossing, fluently written story that anyone who cares about changing the world has to read." — Reverend Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III Pastor, The Abyssinian Baptist Church in the City of New York
"Leymah bore witness to the worst of humanity and helped bring Liberia out of the dark. Her memoir is a captivating narrative that will stand in history as testament to the power of women, faith and the spirit of our great country" —Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia
"Searing war-torn memories from a visionary African peacekeeper and women's-rights activist….Gbowee stands responsible for what began as a tireless vocal demonstration and soon escalated to a standoff on the Presidential Mansion steps demanding peace. This course of action facilitated the war's end in 2003 and the election of Africa's first female president, and ended the author's personal struggles with alcohol. With commanding charity, Gbowee celebrates Liberia's eight years of peace and continues teaching young women about the power of activism. A patriotic chronicle reverberant with valor and perseverance." — Starred Kirkus Review