Wangari Maathai #TWT

This beauty was a Kenyan political and environmental activist and her country’s assistant minister of environment, natural resources, and wildlife. This Tuesday’s terrific woman is Wangari Maathai.

Wangari is the first women in Central Africa to earn a doctorate. Education was important to her and in 2002 she was elected to Kenya’s National Assembly. Wangari has written several books and scholarly articles which led her to win the Nobel Peace Prize. She won it for her “holistic approach to sustainable development that embraces democracy, human rights, and women’s rights.”

Wangari passed away in 2011 but her legacy still continues. She is the woman behind the Green Belt Movement, which helps to reforest Kenya’s land and provide women with more opportunities. With this movement, Wangari was able to plant more than 30 million trees in Kenya and supplied about 30,000 women with new skills.

“Women needed income and they needed resources because theirs were being depleted. So we decided to solve both problems together,” Wangari told people magazine once.

Thank you Wangari for making your mark on this world and showing how powerful women can be. Wangari is a girl with beauty and brains.

The First Woman to be Elected President of an African Country #TWT

Today’s terrific woman this Tuesday is Ellen Johnson Sirleaf! She was the first woman to be elected head of state of an African country. Ellen was president of Liberia from 2006-2018.

She was also one of three recipients of the 2011 Nobel Prize for Peace for her efforts to further women’s rights.

During her presidency she made many positive changes. Liberia had more than 15,000 United Nations peacekeepers in the country and the unemployment was running at 80 percent; the debt was high. By 2010, Ellen had erased all of Liberia’s debt. So who runs the world? Oh yeah, girls!!

Ellen also established a Truth and Reconciliation Committee in 2006 to investigate corruption and heal ethnic tensions, which eventually led to the Anti-Corruption Commission in 2008.

Due to all of her hard work, she was awarded the 2017 Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership. This award provided her with $5 million disbursed over 10 years. There are so many woman who are powerful leaders changing the world and breaking gender stereotypes, and Ellen Johnson is definitely one of them!