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Maathai, Wangari Muta

Born: 1940 AD
Currently alive, at 75 years of age.
Nationality: Kenyan
Categories: Activists

1940 – Born on April 1st in Nyeri, Kenya. Kenyan politician and environmental activist who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace, the first black African woman to win a Nobel Prize.

1964-1966 – Maathai was educated in the United States at Mount St. Scholastica College (now Benedictine College; B.S. in biology) and at the University of Pittsburgh (M.S.).

1971 – She received a Ph.D. at the University of Nairobi, where she then taught veterinary anatomy.

1977 – The Green Belt Movement, an organization she founded, had, by the early 21st century, planted some 30 million trees and inspired similar grassroots movements in other African countries.

1988 – She is the author of The Green Belt Movement: Sharing the Approach and the Experience.

2002-2003 – Maathai was elected to Kenya’s National Assembly with 98 percent of the vote and was appointed assistant minister of environment, natural resources, and wildlife.

2004 – The Nobel Prize committee commended her “holistic approach to sustainable development that embraces democracy, human rights and women’s rights in particular”.