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Uppity Women of Medieval Times by Vicki Leon | Amusing book that dispels any illusions that all women in the past did nothing but "stayed home and twiddled their thumbs in between pushing out babies, making soup and dying in childbirth.", to quote the article we've been discussing here about history, fantasy books and sexism. If medieval isn't your era, she has quite a number of similar books focusing on other times.
Wangari Maathai, the first African woman to win the Nobel peace prize, died on Sunday night of cancer. She was 71. Maathai was a pioneer from an early age and in many spheres. After winning a scholarship to study in the US, she returned to a newly independent Kenya, becoming the first woman in east and central Africa to obtain a PhD. Maathai was also the first woman professor the University of Nairobi, where she taught veterinary medicine.