Thursday, January 25, 2007

Best Book of 2006 -- Unbowed: a Memoir

Wangari Maathai, winner of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize, has written a memoir about her life as a political activist, feminist, and environmentalist in Kenya. She established the Green Belt Movement in 1977 which spread from Kenya across Africa and helps restore indigenous forests while assisting rural women by paying them to plant trees in their villages. The Green Belt Movement has planted over 30 million trees across Kenya since 1977.

In 2002, Maathai was elected to Kenya's Parliament and in 2003, she was appointed assistant minister for the environment. Maathai did all this, earned bachelor's and master's degrees in the U.S., a PhD in East and Central Aftrica, raised three children as a single mother, and became the first woman to head a university department in Kenya.

This book was selected as a best book in 2006 by both Booklist and Library Journal.
Check it out !
Call number: 333.70 MAA

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