Three women, including two from Africa, recently received the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize “for their nonviolent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s right to full participation in peace-building work.”

The women–Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, president of Liberia and Africa’s first democratically elected female head of state; Leymah Gbowee, known as Liberia’s “peace warrior” who led the women of her country to stop a 14-year civil war; and Tawakkul Karman, known as the “mother of Yemen’s revolution,” who has been instrumental in the push for a democratic government in Yemen–will share the $10 million Swedish kronor (equivalent to $1.49 million U.S. dollars) cash prize associated with the award.