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.

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