This is the highest ratio of women to men of any year for the Peace Prize, AP said. In 108 years, only 40 women have been given the award, out of a total of 822 awards given since 1901.
There were also a record 205 nominations for this year's Prize, according to the Norwegian Nobel Committee's website.
However, President Obama's Nobel award remained the biggest news item during Swedish and Norwegian awarding ceremonies Friday. Those who thought the award was undeserved or pre-emptive when it was announced in October were given new fuel for these opinions last Tuesday, when Obama announced his plan for the war in Afghanistan, which includes a deployment of 30,000 new troops.
Those critical of Obama's Peace Prize include the Minneapolis Examiner, which accuses Obama of "polarizing the country" and traveling more than any other American President with "nothing to show for it" and bloggers who feel Obama hasn't gotten enough done in his first year as President, and "ordinary Afghans" who are tired of the war in their country.
The Nobel Committee has stayed out of the media hubbub about Obama's Peace Prize, displaying a beaming picture of the President on their website through Friday, when the awards were formally presented. (Read their explanation of his award here.)