Unbowed : My Autobiography
by Wangari Maathai
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Born in a rural Kenyan village in 1940, Wangari Maathai was once an iconoclast as a child, determined to get an education, even though most girls in Africa, then, were uneducated.In her remarkable and inspiring autobiography, she recounts her studies with Catholic missionaries, earning a bachelor’s and master’s degree in the United States and becoming the first woman to both obtain a doctorate and head a university department in Kenya.She talks about her many struggles with the brutal government of Daniel arap Moi and the politics and personal reasons that forced her, in 1977, to establish the Green Belt Movement, which is spreading from Kenya across Africa, and which restores indigenous forests, while helping rural women, paying them to plant trees in their villages.Maathai extraordinary courage and determination helped transform Kenya’s government within the framework of democracy in which she is now Deputy Minister of Environment and Natural Resources and Member of ParliamentFinally, its achievement was recognized internationally in the Nobel Peace Prize, awarded in recognition of its contribution to sustainable development, human rights and peace.In Unbowed, we are in the presence of a very charismatic but humble woman whose remarkable story carries with it an inspiring message of hope.Hers is an extraordinary story, covering different worlds and times change, and revealing what a good woman’s courage, determination, tenacity and humour can achieve; how such a small thing as planting a plant and watering it can make all the difference in the world
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