March is National Women’s History Month, and we’re celebrating by sharing a lady we admire each weekday.
WANGARI MAATHAI (1940- )
Raised by a family of subsistence farmers in rural Kenya, Wangari Muta Maathai recognized the connection between outdated farming practices, erosion, and poverty early on in life. In 1977, she founded the Green Belt Movement, which hired village women to plant trees in order to stop this vicious cycle. Maathai has been very vocal about the link between poor farming practices and armed conflicts in Africa. “Quite often, the wars are fought over resources, and many of the wars that today are being fought in the world are based on the natural resources. And so it is extremely important that we manage our resources on this planet sustainably and that we promote justice and equity and human rights,” she said in 2004, the year she became the first African woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Maathai’s political and environmental views were on occasion met with physical violence. She was repeatedly harassed, beaten, and arrested by authorities for carrying out politically unpopular campaigns during the despotic regime of Kenyan President Daniel Arap Moi, who thought women had no place challenging the projects of men. But more than thirty years later, the Green Belt Movement is credited with planting 30 million trees across Africa.
Wangari Maathai, NobelPrize.org biography
The Green Belt Movement: Sharing the Approach and the Experience by Wangari Maathai
Paths to Peace: People Who Changed the World by Jane Breskin Zalben
Unbowed: A Memoir by Wangari Maathai
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“You’re doing what?”
I heard that a lot in the spring of 2007, whenever I explained to friends that I had broken up with my Nathan, boyfriend of four years, yet we were still living together in the apartment we’d shared for the last two. It was a temporary matter, I’d say, a situation that would last about a month or two, until we found our own places. Keep reading »
Barbie turned 50 this year, but what does that mean for her sex symbol status? Well, the blond bombshell is officially a cougar! And she can work a pole better than Marisa Tomei in “The Wrestler”. Yup, Barbie’s still got it and as this fake commercial explains, it’s mostly thanks to “dream botox” and her kung-fu grip! [World of Wonder] Keep reading »
I’ve got my two bottles of wine, I’ve got my leftovers, and I’ve got my catheter all hooked up. Just kidding on that last part, but maybe it’s not such a bad idea. After all, tonight’s finale is going to be three hours long — two hours for the finale and an hour for the special afterward, which may end up being WAY more exciting, if the rumors are true. Are you excited? I am! Check back with this post starting at 8 pm EST! Keep reading »
A 15-year-old in LA is trying his darnedest to create a cuss-free week in California, and eventually worldwide. This year, McKay Hatch will settle for Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors naming the first week of March “No Cussing Week,” which they’re set to do tomorrow. Hatch, a 10th grader at South Pasadena High School, started the No Cussing Club in seventh grade when he noticed his friends starting to swear, which his family forbids. As you may have guessed, poor Hatch gets a lot of sh… er, crap, for his goody-two-shoes behavior. According to the Associated Press, he’s “the target of organized harassment by pro-cussers.” We want to know whether Hatch will continue his club, which supposedly has more than 20,000 members, when puberty really sets in and he wants to get laid. [AP] Keep reading »
No wonder “Nailin’ Paylin” was such a hit for Hustler, red states love the GOP almost as much as they love porn! According to new findings, the people who voted for McCain also have a hard on for internet porn.
The survey, conducted by Benjamin Edelman, an assistant professor at the Harvard Business School, found that eight of the top 10 internet porn subscribing states went Republican in the past election. By searching through credit card data from 2006-2008, Edelman drew his conclusions and the statistics are shocking! With 5.47 people per thousand paying for money shots online, religious Utah was the number one state for porn subscriptions! In addition, states with populaces that claim to “have old-fashioned values about family and marriage,” had 3.6 more internet porn buyers per thousand, on average. Hmm, maybe we should start calling them the “Red Light States!” Keep reading »