Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams‘ new memoir My Name Is Jody Williams: A Vermont Girl’s Winding Path to the Nobel Peace Prize is an inside story of courage and perseverance in grassroots activism. It will be released by the University of California Press on March 1, 2013.
Williams was first involved in protesting U.S. intervention in the Central American wars of the 1980s. She later helped build a movement to eliminate antipersonnel mines and was founding coordinator of the successful International Campaign to Ban Landmines, for which she won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997.
In the Forward to the book, Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues and founder of V-Day and One Billion Rising, writes:
“Jody had a goal she wanted to accomplish – banning landmines – and she employed her powers, her smart, her wisdom and engaged all those around her to bring about that end. I think one of the wonderful things about her winning the Nobel Peace Prize is that it honored all the activists in her project who made it happen, and for that matter, it honored activism everywhere.”
Williams has a no-nonsense approach to peacebuilding and women’s rights. Her memoir is similarly straightforward but also intimate in revealing how an “average” woman can accomplish extraordinary things.
Read Chapter One of the book, “What Do You Mean I Can’t Be the Pope?”, on the University of California Press website.