Nobel Peace Prize recipient Jody Williams tells AirTalk about her new memoir that chronicles the ups and downs of her life. She begins by going back to her hometown in Vermont, where she defended her deaf and mentally ill brother against bullies. After attending college and marrying a man that she was not romantically in love with, Williams became very politically active concerning the wars in Nicaragua and El Salvador.
In her memoir, she opens about her sexual assault by a member of the El Salvador death squad and all the triumphs and failures that led to an international ban on landmines, a ban that led to the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997. In her book, “My Name is Jody Williams: A Vermont Girl’s Winding Path to the Nobel Peace Prize,” Williams presents herself as an “ordinary person,” hoping to spark others to pioneer change.
Jody Williams, Nobel Peace Prize recipient, co-founder and chair of the Nobel Women’s Initiative, and author of “My Name is Jody Williams: A Vermont Girl’s Winding Path to the Nobel Peace Prize.”