Women We Love: 11 Environmental Heroines

Wangari Maathai

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Wangari Maathai
1 of 11

Our first choice for our eleven environmental heroines is Wangari Maathai, who is a woman of many firsts: not only is she the first African woman and first environmentalist to bring home a Nobel Peace Prize, she was also the first Eastern African woman to receive a Ph.D. in 1971 and the first woman to hold a professorship at one of the universities in Nairobi, Kenya. Her inspiring story is one of incredible tenacity and purpose. Her work ranges from women’s rights, to combating poverty, to the struggle for democracy in Kenya. Maathai is also famous for being the frontwoman of the United Nations Billion Tree Campaign.

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