- NAME: Wangari Maathai
- OCCUPATION: Environmental Activist, Women's Rights Activist, Government Official
- BIRTH DATE: April 01, 1940
- DEATH DATE: September 25, 2011
- EDUCATION: Mount St. Scholastica College (Benedictine College), University of Pittsburgh, University of Nairobi
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Nyeri, Kenya
- PLACE OF DEATH: Nairobi, Kenya
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Wangari Maathai was a Kenyan political and environmental activist and her country's assistant minister of environment, natural resources and wildlife.
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In 1971, Wangari Maathai received a Ph.D., effectively becoming the first woman in either East or Central Africa to earn a doctorate. She was elected to Kenya's National Assembly in 2002 and has written several books and scholarly articles. She won the Nobel Peace Prize for her "holistic approach to sustainable development that embraces democracy, human rights, and women's rights in particular." Maathai died of cancer on September 25, 2011, in Nairobi, Kenya.
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