Leymah Gbowee, Liberian women’s rights activist and the recipient of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, says in her commencement speech at Barnard College that women should “step out of the shadows.” By default, society and history tend to place women in the role of the shadow, Gbowee has noticed in her work, and women in turn tend to accept that role when they should be rejecting it. Gbowee shares a story: when her four year old child said that someone told her, “girls don’t jump up and down,” Gbowee answered, “Mok, Momma says, jump up and down as much as you want!” Don’t feel confined by the tightness of a prearranged role, Gbowee urges with this anecdote. Gbowee’s book, Mighty Be Our Powers, documents the moments of Gbowee’s life in which she stepped out of her prescribed role as a shadow. The memoir is clear and well written, beautifully recounting Gbowee’s efforts to exit an abusive relationship and her part in galvanizing the movement Women in White, which was made up of women from both the Muslim and Christian religions and aimed at an acceleration of the peace process in Liberia at the time of civil war. The women and Gbwoee succeeded through persistent action, at one point barricading the room in which the government and rebel groups were negotiating a peace deal until the two sides came to an agreement. Mighty Be Our Powers holds the stories of these women and their movement, and serves as a testament to the power of faith, courage, and the choice to emerge from the shadows.