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Social activist and pacifist Emily Greene Balch won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1946 for being a lifetime advocate of the persecuted and oppressed.
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In 1946, Balch received the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of her life's work. She shared the prize with John R. Mott, an official with the Young Men's Christian Association. Rather than keep the prize money, Balch decided to donate it to the organization she had supported for so long: the WILPF.
Emily Greene Balch spent her last few years in declining health. She entered a Massachusetts nursing home in 1956, and died on January 9, 1961, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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When Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel died in 1896, he left his fortune to create an annual series of prizes for the individuals who confer "the greatest benefit on mankind." The most prestigious of the awards is the Nobel Peace Prize. Historians believe Alfred Nobel wanted to award people who work for peace to compensate for his own role in inventing dynamite. Since its establishment, the prize has gone to many courageous individuals who have fought for peace and human rights around the world.
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