Wangari Muta Maathai was a Kenyan environmental and political activist and founder of the Greenbelt Movement, a non-governmental organization focused on natural conservation and women’s rights. In 2004, she became the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for "her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace". Maathai was an elected member of Parliament and served as assistant minister for Environment and Natural Resources in the government of President Mwai Kibaki between January 2003 and November 2005. She was an Honorary Councillor of the World Future Council. This woman went through a helluva lot in her last decades on earth including a husband who divorced her because he was “unable to control her” and being placed on an assassination list. I suggest reading more about her. I’m planning to read Unbowed: A Memoir, which is her autobiography ASAP.