Wangari Maathai

Title

Wangari Maathai

Subject

Environmentalism

Description

First African-American woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize

Creator

Amy French

Source

Image: Fredrick Onyango, public domain

Birth Date

1940

Birthplace

Nyeri District, Kenya

Death Date

2011

Occupation

Environmental and political activist

Biographical Text

Maathai was a Kenyan environmental and political activist known for founding the “Green Belt Movement.” She also focused on women's rights and became the first African-American woman to receive a Nobel Peace prize in 2004 for her contributions to sustainable development, democracy and peace. She was elected a member of Parliament and served as a assistant minister for environmental and natural resources between 2003-2005.

Bibliography

Wangari Maathai. Unbowed: A Memoir. (Knopf Press, 2006).

Biography, Nobel Prize website

Green Belt Movement

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Wangari_Maathai_in_Nairobi.jpg

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Date Added
June 16, 2014
Collection
Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics
Item Type
Person
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Citation
Amy French, “Wangari Maathai,” Women Who Dared, accessed September 15, 2019, https://womenwhodared.omeka.net/items/show/53.