Women, Girls and Education

I’ve set my browsers (yes, I use both Google’s Chrome and FireFox) to open on TheHungerSite. I can click on a link and 1.1 cups of food are donated, totally free to me. I also occasionally buy t-shirts and such from the site and each purchase donates as well. Good way to start the day with a gift.

Recently they commemorated the death of Wangari Maathai. She founded the Green Belt Movement which developed a method of raising and planting hundreds of thousands of trees that not only help the environment but provide a living for the people who plant them. First African winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004, I miss her on the planet already.

This video gives an overview of some of her work. You can find many more by searching on youtube.com for Wangari Maathai.

The Girl Effect

Fellow freelance writer John Soares posted The Girl Effect: Why Educating Girls Is Important.

What a pleasure to see the video there and read what a man says about the importance of girls.

I couldn’t help make the connection to Wangari Maathai’s education.

, the guide to women’s history at About.com has an article about Wangari that points out she was also “the first woman in central or eastern Africa to hold a Ph.D., first woman head of a university department in Kenya.”

Point made I think.

How can you support getting more women educated? You could start with The Girl Effect.

Love, blessings and abundance,

Anne Wayman: When Grandmother Speaks

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John Soares October 5, 2011 at 5:40 pm

Beautiful post Anne. I’ve worked on several college-level environmental science and ecology textbooks, and Wangari Maathai is often featured prominently.

And thanks for the kind words and the link to my Girl Effect blog post.

annew October 5, 2011 at 6:11 pm

Why am I not surprised! You’re more than welcome.

Nicky Parry October 6, 2011 at 2:53 pm

Thanks for sharing The Hunger Site, Anne. What a lovely post. I’m also thankful to John for alerting me to the #GirlEffect through his tweeting – such a wonderful movement for a wonderful cause.

annew October 7, 2011 at 3:29 pm

You’re welcome, glad you liked the post.

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