"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, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize
In 2008, the critically-acclaimed and award-winning documentary Pray the Devil Back to Hell, which is having its U.S. television premiere on October 18 as part of PBS’s Women, War and Peace, featured a group of brave and visionary women who demanded peace for Liberia. Their demonstrations culminated in the exile of Charles Taylor and the election of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa's first female head of state.
One particularly charismatic woman among them was Leymah Gbowee, (who former New York Times columnist Bob Herbert has said "should be a lesson to all of us"). Gbowee helped organize and then lead the Liberian Mass Action for Peace, a coalition of Christian and Muslim women who sat in public protest, confronting Liberia's ruthless president and rebel warlords, and even held a sex strike. Gbowee emerged as an international leader who changed history, marking the vanguard of a new wave of women taking control of their political destiny around the world.
Mighty Be Our Powers is Gbowee's full story in her own words. It picks up before Pray the Devil Back to Hell and brings the reader up to date with Gbowee's now-multinational efforts to empower women to bring peace to their countries. The book chronicles a very personal response to extreme adversity – the cycles of despair, hope, and exhaustion; the hard choice between family (Gbowee is a mother of six) and work; the doubts and decision-making of the leader of a trailblazing civilian protest.