Strong Women, Strong World often speaks about lifting women up out of oppression, but we want to be clear. We are inspired because we know that women do not lay weak. We know that if you enable a woman, she will lift herself out of oppression. Strong Women, Strong World follows in the footsteps of women everywhere seeking justice for a better world.
Each week on the blog we will feature a woman who has lifted up herself and her community to help build a better world for women and children everywhere.
Today we feature Wangari Matthai. She was the first woman in East Africa to hold a doctorate and had a teaching offer at the University of Nairobi withdrawn because she was “too ambitious for a woman.” In 1977 she began to encourage women in her area to plant trees. Many were without food because their land had been taken and used for cash crops. Planting trees helped to restore the land, provided fuel and eventually came to symbolize the strength of women’s work in a community. Wangari was the first African female ever to receive the Nobel Peace prize for her greenbelt work.
“Too educated, too strong, too successful, too stubborn and too hard to control”
-Wangari Matthai’s husband’s reason for seeking a divorce.
Wangari passed away in 2011, but left a legacy that is still affecting groups around the world.