Williams, Betty, 1943–, Northern Irish peace activist, b. Belfast. In Aug., 1976, Williams witnessed the death of three children when a car driven by an Irish Republican Army (IRA) terrorist went out of control after being fired on by British troops. She began publicly demonstrating for peace, joining forces with Mairéad Corrigan, the aunt of the slain children, soon after the incident. The two created the Peace People Organization, a movement of Catholics and Protestants dedicated to ending sectarian fighting in Northern Ireland. For their work they were awarded the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize.
The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.
More on Betty Williams from Fact Monster:
- Mairead Corrigan - Corrigan, Mairead Corrigan, Mairead , 1944–, Irish social activist, b. Belfast. A volunteer ...
- May 22 Birthdays: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - May 22 birthdays: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Betty Williams, Richard Wagner, Mary Cassatt, Sir Laurence Olivier
- Slideshow: Women Nobel Peace Prize Winners - Find images and information about women Nobel Peace Prize winners, including Bertha von Suttner, Jane Addams, Emily G. Balch, and more.
- Nobel Prize History - Find a list of the Nobel Prize winners and the history of the Nobel Prizes|History of the world's most famous prizes
- Women Nobel Prize Winners - Women Nobel Prize Winners See this slideshow about Women Noble Prize Winners in Science See Nobel ...