Because I received so many comments and questions about Wangari Maathai and The Green Belt Movement of Kenya, I've decided to expand upon the entry I recently posted.
Ecologist Wangari Maathai won the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize for her years of work with women to reverse African deforestation. After attending college in the US, she returned home and received a Ph.D. from the University of Nairobi.
She began the Green Belt Movement by planting nine trees in her backyard. From that seedling grew the Kenyan and International Green Belt Movements.
In 2002, Ms. Maathai won a seat in the Kenyan Parliament, and in 2003 she was appointed by President Mwai Kibabi to the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Wildlife.
She is a powerful voice for women in Kenya and was the first African woman to receive a Nobel Peace Prize.