This year, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to three women: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Leymah Gbowee of Liberia, and Tawakkul Karman of Yemen. All three activists work for women’s rights, education reform and peace in their countries.

Leymah Gbowee

Tawakkul Karman

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Photo of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf: A. Cruz/ABr. Creative Commons License Attr. 2.5 Brazil

Photo of Leymah Gbowee: Michael Angelo for Wonderland

Photo of Tawakkul Karman: Ahmed Jadallah/Scanpix