12/13/2011 02:23 pm ET

Alfred Nobel's Legacy To Women

On Saturday I was in Oslo with two of my sisters from Africa, Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkol Karman, to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of - according to the Nobel Prize committee members - our "non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women's rights to full participation in peace-building work."

On Tuesday, I will be in Paris to talk more generally about the role of women in shaping Africa's future and also to pay my respects to the man who created the prize I am taking with me back to Liberia: Alfred Nobel.

It was in Paris in November 1895 that this Swedish inventor, who made a fortune with the invention of dynamite, wrote his last will and testament leaving much of his estate to establishing the prizes that bear his name.

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