Wangari Maathai, African Environmentalist and Nobel Laureate

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The Price of Progress
Maathai is carried after being beaten by a mob while confronting developers that had illegally taken land in the Karura forest. Maathai's visionary path would often become a rough one throughout her career; aside from physical sacrifice, she was denied job opportunities and political positions because of her opposition to Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi during his presidency in the early 1980s. A mother of three, she also faced a difficult divorce complicated by a job offer in Zambia by the UN, which meant her children would live with their father, a former politician who divorced her because she was too "strong-minded."

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