Wangari Maathai: Nobel laureate, professor, fighter for women, the environment, justice and democracy. Personally I always thought of her as the patron saint of feisty feminista gardeners like myself. Maathai died on Sunday of cancer at age 71. Matt Rothschild of the Progressive magazine beautifully puts her story in context here.
Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai (center) dances with traditionally dressed Kenyans as she returns to Nairobi from Norway with her prize in 2004. (Radu Sigheti, Reuters Photo)