Wangari Maathai was born on April 1, 1940, in Kenya. She was a Kenyan environmentalist and political activist. She was the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. She traveled the globe to study biology then later came back to her country. She founded the Green Belt Movement, which focused on the planning of trees, environmental conservation, and women’s rights.  She empowered people to regroup and reconnect with the land. 

Malala Yousafzai was born on July 12,  1997, in Mingora, Pakistan. She is a Pakistani activist who advocated for women’s rights in education. She is the world’s youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. She started advocating for women’s rights in education at such a young age to the point where she got a death threat. However, the threat that she was getting didn’t stop her; she continued to speak out for women’s education rights. She also co-authored “I am Malala”, an international bestseller. 

The similarities between Wangari Maathai and Malala Yousafzab are that they were both focused on women’s rights. When we compare these two it becomes clear that both of these women contributed to helping the community. While Wangari Maathai was an activist who helped people learn how to work together and restore their damaged homelands. Malala Yousafza focused on equal rights for women in education.

The most noticeable difference between these two is that Wangari not only did she focused on women’s rights, she also focused on projects that helped her country economically like the planning trees. She empowered her people to reconnect with their land. On the other hand, Malala Yousafzab focused specifically on women’s education and equal rights for women. Also, both of these women grew up in different countries, while Wangari grew up in Kenya, Malala grew up in Pakistan.

image_printPrint this page.


0 0 votes
Rate This Post
Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Youth Voices is an open publishing and social networking platform for youth. The site is organized by teachers with support from the National Writing Project. Opinions expressed by writers are their own.  See more About Youth VoicesTerms of ServicePrivacy Policy.All work on Youth Voices is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License


Email Call or Text 917-612-3006

Missions on Youth Voices
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x

Log in with your credentials


Forgot your details?

Create Account