Women Nobel Peace Prize Winners
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Wangari Maathai (2004)
Kenyan ecologist Wangari Maathai won the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize for her years of work with women to reverse African deforestation. Maathai began the Green Belt Movement, a tree-planting program to reverse deforestation and provide firewood for Kenyan women. The program led to the planting of millions of trees, and Maathai became a major political figure in Kenya. She was the first African woman to win a Nobel.
Fun Fact: Maathai went to college in the United States, earning degrees from Mount St. Scholastica College (1964) and the University of Pittsburgh (1966).
From Who2 biographies. Photo: Martin Rowe.