I’m sad to share the news that Kenyan environmental and women’s rights activist Wangari Maathai passed away on Sunday after a year-long battle with cancer at the age of 71. Maathai was Africa’s first female Nobel Peace Prize winner and was known around the world as the woman who drastically improved people’s lives through the simple act of planting trees. Maathai founded The Green Belt Movement and is listed as one of Babble’s 100 Moms Who Are Changing the World.
There are thousands of mothers out there working tirelessly day in and day out to have a similar positive impact, both on a local and global scale. Here at Babble, we announced our winning Mominees yesterday, otherwise unknown mothers celebrated in ten categories for the leadership and strength they exhibit in their communities. On an international level, most of the world’s most powerful women as ranked by Forbes magazine are mothers. In fact, of the 25 most powerful women in the world, 19 of them spent time changing diapers as they changed the game in business, entertainment and politics. So who are the most powerful mothers in the world? And what do they value? Take a look: