& She Think’s: “if I can do it, so can you- Her Exact Words”
Born in Nyeri, Kenya;
Wangari turned out as unapologetic as she wanted to be.
Already a high flier; in 1976 Wangari became the 1st female scholar in East & Central Africa to have a PHD in biology. & in 1977 she was the 1st female professor in Kenya.
Hold on tight,
In 1977 Dr. Maathai went on to found the Greenbelt Movement;a grassroots N.G.O focused on development through environmental conservation-tree planting ceremonies-, community developing & facilitating in the education of women from a lower social economic bracket aka “tax bracket”.
She was also an environmental political feminist activist boss bitch -all due respect.Obviously– that called deforestation a “suicidal mission”.
In 1980 she went on to found Pan-African Green Belt Movement. She believed in an interconnected Africa. Due to toxic masculinity Dr. Maathai caught some bad press after going through a divorce as it wasn’t –& still isn’t in most African countries– the societal norm at the time.
Never be afraid to shake shit up.
Eventually in 2004 Dr. Wangari Maathai also become the 1st African woman to win a Noble Peace Prize.
Topping her own achievements & setting her own bar!