Welcome back to Woman Crush Wednesday! Work week got you feeling down? Need a bit more pep in that step? When it comes to giving yourself a little Hump Day break, I like to say that there ain’t no shame in that game. So please step away from the Xerox and let the sheer badassery of the women featured below pull you back from the edge. We’ll all be a little happier for it.

Here’s who we’ve been crushing on this week:

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  • Emma Thompson, for her poignant letter to the U.S. Special Arctic Envoy Adm. Robert Papp, urging him to ditch oil extraction in the Arctic.  (Grist)
  • Trang Tran, the young eco-entrepreneur trying to convince Vietnamese rice farmers to stop burning their fields, which releases greenhouse gases and other unhealthy particulate matter into the air. Her solution? Shrooms. (Modern Farmer)
  • Deborah Gordon, professor of biology at Stanford University, for giving ants — yes, ants — some long overdue credit. The complexities of an ant colony, as it turns out, can mirror some of our own human systems. (TED Radio Hour)
  • Elizabeth Stephenson, manager of the New England Aquarium’s Marine Conservation Action Fund. Since 1999, the fund has supported micogrants for conservation projects across the world — or as Stephenson calls them, “stories of hope for the ocean.” (The New York Times)

Stay tuned for next week’s roundup!

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emma thompson