I am so amazed with the amount of action Wangar Maathai has created in the world on both the environmental and women's rights campaigns. I first learned about her in 2007 at a climate change conference in Washington, DC, and was immediately impressed with her work and researched the Green Belt movement, which I encourage you to do as well. Being the first women to do many things in her life, Maathai is a role model to many women for what anyone can achieve if they put their minds and hearts into it. I wonder if anyone knows more about the women she involves in the tree planting process? I had heard somewhere that she helped women stand up to abusive husbands and become more independent. I would really appreciate some more information!