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CITY GIRL: Women’s achievements are conveniently ignored - Nairobi News - 9 Mar 2018 18:29

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When, in 1971, Wangari Maathai received her PhD from the University College of Nairobi (now University of Nairobi), she became the first woman in East and Central Africa to receive a doctorate. In her book, Unbowed: A memoir, Prof Maathai says at the time, nobody cared about her achievement. “I was the first woman in East and Central Africa to receiver a doctoral degree – a significant achievement that went largely unnoticed. It didn’t even make the media headlines, probably because I was not the president, or his daughter, and my husband wasn’t famous. It is funny how such things can be conveniently ignored,” she says. Prof Maathai’s significant achievement might have been ignored 47 years ago, but I can confidently say things have not yet changed, particularly in this country. Actually, I also need to mention that even after Prof Maathai was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004, ...
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