Who is she: Wangari Muta Maathai

Hello? What’s that? It’s time to announce a new Carry Bag Print?! Well grab your Cloth Pads and get ready to stash em because boy do I have the print for you! Everyone please give a warm welcome to our newest print, Wangari!

We name our Carry Bags after our favorite inspirational menstruators throughout history, and this Carry Bag is no exception! Wangari Maathai, born in Kenya in 1940, was the first African woman to win the Nobel Prize. 
She founded the Green Belt Movement, “an environmental organization that empowers communities, particularly women, to conserve the environment and improve livelihoods.” This incredible organization has helped women plant over 50 million trees throughout their communities! Her dedication and “contribution to sustainable development, democracy, and peace” through this movement earned her a Nobel Prize in 2004.

Some more cool facts about Wangari, also known as “Mama Miti” or “Mother of Trees”:

  • She was the first woman in East and Central Africa to earn a PhD! She studied veterinarian anatomy.
  • Wangari also became the first woman to chair a university department in the region in 1976 at the University of Nairobi.
  • Along with other conservationists, she saved the Karura Forest in Nairobi from being cut down to make room for city development. 
  • She has written four different books, and has been featured in countless more. There has also been a documentary made about her life and work!

I could write hundreds more bullet points with all of Wangari’s incredible accomplishments, but I’ve got to go package some Day Pads so instead I’ll leave you with this great quote from the woman herself; “When we plant trees, we plant the seeds of peace and seeds of hope. We also secure the future for our children. I call on those around the world to celebrate by planting a tree wherever you are.”