On Wangari Maathai: The World Loses A Feminist Environmentalist
By GlobalVoicesOnline on September 27, 2011
[Editor’s note: Dr. Wangari Maathai was the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. By paying women to plant trees, the Kenyan environmentalist inspired feminists and activists everywhere. When she died last weekend of ovarian cancer, African bloggers poured out their love for her. Ndesnajo Macha at GlobalVoicesOnline has selected quotes from some of their moving tributes to Maathai.—Mona]
SW Maina describes her as a woman who refused to bow:
A true believer. A fighter. An icon of courage. She fought for the environment--our forests--against more powerful foes--askaris armed with batons, trigger happy police officers, a myopic government of fools--and all she had was her trademark leather ankle boots and tree seedlings--and she won.
If Wangari Maathai inspired you in any way, we’d love to hear about it.