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Transcript of Wangari Maathai
By: Ali Leitao, Eva Cass, Annie Qian and Anabelle Murphy
Claim to Fame
Maathai founded the Green Belt Movement, focused on reducing poverty and using tree planting to aid the environment.
Wangari was sent to a local primary school at the age of eight, which was highly unusual for a women in Africa at the time. She then attended Loreto's Girls' High School
-University of Nairobi studying Anatomy (1971)
-University of Pittsburgh, USA studying Biological Sciences (1966)
-Mount St. Scholastica, USA studying Biology (1964)
Among Maathai's many awards, her most distinguished award was the Noble Peace Prize in which she was the first African women to receive.
Born: April 1, 1940 in Ihithe village, Kenya
Occupation: Environmentalist and Political Activist
Death: September 25, 2011 (age 71) in Nairobi, Kenya
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-First woman in Central or Eastern Africa to recieve a Ph.D
-First woman to be the head of a university department in Kenya
-First African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize