Dr. Wangari Maathai P’94, P’96, Sc.D.’94, who received an honorary doctorate from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 1994, was recently featured in two internationally circulated magazines.
She was among those featured in the April 10 issue of Time magazine, when editors asked four of “the world’s most influential people” who should be among the 2006 picks for the “Time 100.”
She was also described as “The Sower of Seeds” in Vanity Fair’s May “Special Green Issue,” including a 30-page section featuring an essay by former vice president Al Gore.
Maathai founded the Green Belt Movement in 1977 by planting nine trees. Since then, some 30 million trees have been planted. She was later elected to Kenya’s Parliament and now serves as the nation’s deputy environment minister. She received the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize.
Her daughter, Wanjira Mathai, graduated from William Smith College in 1994. Her son, Muta, graduated from Hobart College two years later.