The LA TImes obituary for Nobel Prize Winner Wangari Maathai captures why she was so inspirational:
She was a thorn in the side of the government of Daniel arap Moi in the 1980s and ’90s, and was arrested for treason, harassed and beaten several times.
She also exasperated her husband, who divorced Maathai in 1979, reportedly complaining that she was “too educated, too strong, too successful, too stubborn and too hard to control.”
Too magnificent for this world, she’s gone to another. Godspeed, good lady.