Welcome back to Woman Crush Wednesday! ICYMI: It’s also National Women’s Health Week, so make sure to catch up on why women and men don’t receive the same quality of healthcare, why birth control really is supposed to be free, and why John Oliver is calling out so many politicians for their empty Mother’s Day messages.
Now, back to #WCW! Here’s who we’ve been crushing on this week:
- U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who announced the U.S. Department of Justice’s plans to investigate Baltimore’s police force for excessive force and constitutional rights violations. Here are five other reasons why there’s still hope for Charm City. (The Baltimore Sun)
- Jennifer Doudna, biochemist at the University of California, Berkeley, who discovered one of the easiest ways to alter an organism’s DNA. Critics of her genome editing technique fear that it could be used to engineer human embryos. (The New York Times)
- Rachel Notley, who heads the Alberta New Democratic Party in Canada. The NDP won the provincial elections last Tuesday, and campaigned strongly against conservatives with close ties to the oil industry. Notley’s platform also hopes to remedy Alberta’s reputation when it comes to climate change, particularly regarding the province’s prior resistance to stricter carbon reduction targets. (Grist)
- Nora Pouillon, whose new memoir, My Organic Life: How A Pioneering Chef Helped Shape The Way We Eat Today, details how her business, Restaurant Nora, became the first certified organic restaurant in the country when it opened in Washington, D.C. (NPR)
- Danelle Myer, who embraced her post-divorce, childless freedom by starting One Farm, an organic vegetable farm in Iowa. (Grist)
- Mayor Anne Hidalgo, who’s ensuring that by summer 2016, both the Left and Right Banks of the River Seine in Paris will be lined by car-free city parks. (City Lab)
Stay tuned for next week’s round-up!