Wangarĩ Muta Maathai
Wangarĩ Muta Maathai was a Kenyan who's social, environmental, and political activism and writing affected her nation and the world. She was the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
In 1977 Maathai founded the Green Belt Movement. An environmental organization encouraging Kenyans to replant trees cut down for firewood, farm use, and plantations. Through her work of reforestation, she became a women's rights advocate, prison reform champion, and created many projects to combat poverty. She was elected a member of Parliament of Kenya and served as Assistant Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources in the administration of President Mwai Kibaki.
Her long list of accomplishments also include:
- An Honorary Councilor of the World Future Council
- Award winning academic and author
- An intellectual and Doctor of Philosophy
- Right Livelihood Award winner in 1984
- A Nobel Peace Prize winner in 2004
- Indira Gandhi Peace Prize winner in 2006
Her world view was her national view; ecology, development, gender, African culture, and religions supported, nurtured and protected fairly.