Wangari Maathai 1940- GREEN ACTIVIST The first environmentalist and first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, Maathai was beaten and jailed as a leader of Kenya's democracy movement. She rallies women to plant trees (more than 45 million so far, in Africa, America, and elsewhere), thus creating jobs for the poor, fighting deforestation and erosion, and creating lots of nice oxygen for all of us.

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia, one of the three women sharing the 2011 Nobel Prize for Peace.

Wangari Maathai (1941 - 2011) in Kiriti, Kenya, 2004. After founding the Green Belt Movement, Africa's largest tree-planting project in 1977, she went on to become Kenya's assistant environment minister in 2003 and the first environmentalist to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

✯ Meet Hawa Abdi. A woman who has never raised her fist in anger against another human being, but also one who could perform three C-sections on dirt-poor women, wash her hands, then go straight outside, stare down an army of gun-toting hardcore fanatical Somali militiamen, and with four words send them running for their lives on a light-speed rainbow of shame and self-loathing without even blinking. A woman once appropriately described once as “one part Mother Teresa, one part Rambo.”✯

‘Rosa Parks was presented the first “Eleanor Roosevelt Woman of Courage Award” by the Wonder Woman Foundation on this date November 14, 1984.’

Mukhtar Mai is a Pakistani woman who, after being gang-raped, was expected to commit suicide. Instead, she prosecuted her attackers and used compensation money to start schools, a women's shelter and an organization to support women from around Pakistan.

Won the Nobel Peace prize in 1992, fought to bring awareness of the genocide in Guatemala, and helped Guatemalans (especially indigenous Mayans) to defend themselves. Was appointed Goodwill Ambassador of UNESCO and founded the Rigoberta Menchú Tum foundation which helped bring exiled Guatemalans back. : Rigoberta Menchú Tum

Martin Luther King Jr. wins the Nobel Peace Prize, October 14th 1964

“I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” – Elie Wiesel (born September 30, 1928), a Hungarian-born Jewish-American writer, professor, political activist, Nobel Laureate, and Holocaust survivor.

Elizabeth Cochran, 19th century, began her career in journalism by using a pen name & launching into investigative journalism where she championed the poor & disenfranchised. Defying sexism & poor opportunities, Bly gained fame & recognition by her distinctly empathetic and critical writing style & her willingness to do undercover work in order to expose corruption. Her biggest story was for “New York World”, she posed as a patient in a mental asylum to expose the conditions & cruelty.

Samira Ibrahim, plaintiff, takes action and fights for her rights as a woman. "After Egyptian soldiers detained her and subjected her and other female protesters to forced "virginity tests," the 25-year-old marketing manager refused to stay silent. She sued the military, and in December a civilian judge ruled the humiliating practice illegal." http://ow.ly/ampVG

If you are reading this, thank this woman. Her name is Grace Hopper, and she is one of the most under appreciated computer scientists ever. You think Gates and Jobs were cool? THIS WOMEN WORKED ON COMPUTERS WHEN THEY TOOK UP ROOMS. She invented the first compiler, which is a program that translates a computer language like Java or C++ into machine code, called assembly, that can be read by a processor. Every single program you use, every OS and server, was made possible by her first compiler...

Irena Sendler 1910-2008 A 98 year-old German woman named Irena Sendler recently died. During WWII, Irena worked in the Warsaw Ghetto as a plumbing/sewer specialist. Irena smuggled Jewish children out; infants in the bottom of the tool box she carried and older children in a burlap sack she carried in the back of her truck. She also had a dog in the back that she trained to bark when the Nazi soldiers let her in and out of the ghetto. The soldiers wanted nothing to do with the dog, and the ba...

New York City. 1962. Ruby DEE, Ossie DAVIS, and their children protest at a CORE (Congress of Racial Equality) peace demonstration.

The late Wangari Maathai, the first African woman to win the Nobel peace prize. She was 71. Maathai was a pioneer from an early age and in many spheres. After winning a scholarship to study in the US, she returned to a newly independent Kenya, becoming the first woman in east and central Africa to obtain a PhD. Maathai was also the first woman professor the University of Nairobi, where she taught veterinary medicine.

Wangari Maathai - Kenya's Nobel Laureate, First African women to win the Nobel Peace Prize (2004) - for promoting conversation, women's rights and transparent government.

wangari maathai • founder of the green belt movement, mother, environmentalist, professor, feminist, politician, anticorruption campaigner, human rights advocate, protester and the first kenyan, first african woman and first environmentalist to win a nobel peace prize • RIP

Aung San Suu Kyi. FAMOUS AS: Political Leader (Freedom Fighter) of Myanmar BORN ON: 19 June 1945 BORN IN: Yangon (Rangoon), Burma (Myanmar) NATIONALITY: Myanmar WORKS & ACHIEVEMENTS: Leader of the National League for Democracy; Nobel Peace Prize Winner (1991)

Maya Angelou with Malcolm X in Ghana, West Africa in 1964

Willa Brown Chappell , born in 1906 . In 1938 , she became the first woman African American pilot licensed in the united states and in 1943 , the first African American Woman to possess a commercial pilot and mechanic's licence

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