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Maathai, Wangari Muta

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Born: 1940 AD
Currently alive, at 74 years of age.

Nationality: Kenyan
Categories: Activists

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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”.


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