Welcome back to Woman Crush Wednesday, our weekly roundup of badass women in the news!

Before we get into today’s list — which includes a rebellious lunch lady and a pair of video game producers tackling sexual assault — I’d like to quickly poll our female readers: How many of you were catcalled this morning on your way to the bus this morning? Perhaps during your lunch break? Possibly in the Trader Joe’s parking lot?

I myself was leered at this morning, so I’d venture to guess that there are more than a handful of us out there — so, this week’s #WCW should serve as a pick-me-up for everyone who’s been fed up with big-mouthed nightmare dudes ever since the weather got a little warmer. (FYI: The Seattle-based feminist garage rock band behind this snarky pop-punk jab at the catcallers who enjoy making “city life a veritable minefield of misogynist misbehavior” also makes this week’s #WCW list.)

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

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  • Kimberly Noble, a developmental neuroscientist and pediatrician from Columbia University. Noble just led one of the most comprehensive studies to date that examines how poverty influences a child’s brain development. Wealthier families, the study found, can afford to live in less polluted neighborhoods and purchase healthier foods — crucial elements for young, developing brains — that impoverished families cannot. (City Lab)
  • Kari Spencer, founder of The Micro Farm Project, an urban farm in the middle of the Arizona desert. (Seedstock)
  • Della Curry, the Colorado lunchlady in the middle of a national debate over school lunches. Curry was fired from her job after she gave away a handful of free meals to hungry elementary-aged children who couldn’t qualify for free or reduced-priced lunches. Curry’s actions violate federal law, but she argues the law needs to change. (NPR)

Stay tuned for next week’s roundup!

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