Wangari Maathai 1940-2011

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The first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize for “her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace,” Wangari Maathai passed away on Sunday.

Her Green Belt Movement founded in 1977 has planted more than 30 million and helped nearly 900,000 women gain jobs.

With Green Seattle Partnership she helped plant trees and inspired everyone around her during her visit to Washington in 2009.

>>NYTimes obituary

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