Aung San Suu Kyi

Burmese stateswoman and international icon. President of the National League for Democracy in Burma. Nobel Peace Prize recipient. Holder of the Congressional Gold Medal. Winner of the Rafto Prize and the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.

In the words of the HLS community member who nominated her, “Her work in the field of promoting democracy and her continued activism against the Burmese government inspires me. Through fifteen years of house arrest and the inability to see her family, her dedication never wavered. It’s inspiring to see someone who worked so hard against the odds succeed after decades of hard work. Global understandings of democracy have changed because of her work.”