Copies of “Unbowed,” a new book by 2004 Nobel laureate Dr. Wangari MaathaiP’94, P’96, Sc.D.’94, are now available at The College Store.
Maathai received an honorary doctoral degree from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 1994. She is the mother of Wanjira, a 1994 William Smith graduate, and Muta, a 1996 Hobart graduate.
Maathai, described as “hugely charismatic, humble and possessed of preternatural luminosity of spirit,” recounts her extraordinary life as a political activist, feminist, and environmentalist in Kenya in this work.
Determined to get an education even though most girls were uneducated, the book tells of her studying with Roman Catholic missionaries, earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the United States, and becoming the first woman to earn a Ph.D in East and Central Africa and to head a university department in Kenya.
She makes clear the political and personal reasons that compelled her in 1977 to establish the Green Belt Movement, which spread from Kenya across Africa and helps restore indigenous forests while assisting rural women by paying them to plant trees in their villages.
Maathai’s extraordinary courage and determination helped transform Kenya’s government into a democracy in which she now serves as assistant minister for the environment and as a member of Parliament.
Her earlier book, “The Green Belt Movement: Sharing the Approach and the Experience,” was published in March 2003.