Now through next spring, the museum is hosting “Her Nobel Words,” a special exhibit spotlighting the 16 women to date who have won Nobel Peace Prizes. Visitors can explore photographs and quotes from each of these women.
The first woman recipient of the award in 1905, Czech-Austrian novelist and pacifist Bertha von Suttner, once said, “One of the eternal truths is that happiness is created and developed in peace, and one of the eternal rights is the individual’s right to live.”
There is also an interactive portion of the exhibit. “We wanted to display a quote that captured each woman’s philosophy and uniqueness,” says Gems Ouziad, museum cofounder with Heidi Swann. “We also have a place where attendees are able to write down their own inspirational quotes for everyone else to see and enjoy.” Quotes from contemporary women include those by Mary Oliver, Maya Angelou, Maggie Kuhn, and Jane Fonda.
Short bios accompany each photograph, giving visitors insight into the lives of each recipient. For example, as founder of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and first female president of the National Conference of Social Work, American Jane Addams was a social reformer, pacifist, and feminist. At age 17, Pakistani activist for female education Malala Yousafzai became the youngest winner when she received the honor last year.
Gems adds, “‘Her Nobel Words’ was curated in-house, and won’t need to be packed up and shipped away to another museum, so we have plenty of time to enjoy the wisdom and inspiration of these amazing women.”
Celebrating bravery and determination, this exhibit recognizes past achievements, and promotes hope for the future. Gems says, “In 2006, six laureates from all over the world joined together and created the Nobel Women’s Initiative, a partnership of past prize winners that seeks to create peace in our world.”
The recommended contribution for admission is $5–15. Youth 13 years of age and younger are admitted for free. For more information, visit ashevillemuseum.com or call 828.785.5722.