Keystone Ladies

A few of the women fiercely defending ecosystems the world over.


World Bank Photo Collection/FlickrWorld Bank Photo Collection/FlickrJane Goodall: Primatologist who showed the world that a female scientist could work alone in the wilderness.

Graeme Robertson/ZUMAGraeme Robertson/ZUMAWangari Maathai: Before her death last year, she worked with women in Kenya’s rural villages to plant trees. Forty-seven million seedlings later, she won a Nobel Prize.

Kalyan VarmaKalyan VarmaKrithi Karanth: Has worked wonders in India’s national parks, especially in keeping the peace between tigers and people.

RanDall JimenezRanDall JimenezJoan Kleypas: Figured out that warmer temperatures lead to coral reef bleaching, which kills not only the reef but the countless species that depend on it.

Leela Hazzah, third from the left.: Philip BriggsLeela Hazzah, third from the left. Philip BriggsLeela Hazzah: This young Egyptian American’s work with rural communities has turned lion hunters into lion guardians.

Courtesy of Orangutan Foundation InternationalCourtesy of Orangutan Foundation InternationalBiruté Galdikas: The 65-year-old orangutan expert once told the New York Times that the reason she wasn’t famous was that “I’ve been in Borneo all these years, tracking an elusive and solitary animal.”

LUMCONLUMCONNancy Rabalais: Tirelessly collecting samples while dodging hurricanes, Rabalais discovered that farming runoff was turning parts of the Gulf of Mexico into dead zones.

Courtesy of the Penguin ProjectCourtesy of the Penguin ProjectP. Dee Boersma: This biologist’s long stretches in Argentina have shed much-needed light on how climate change (and marauding tourists) threaten penguins.

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SIX TRUTHS

Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

Truth #4: When we go to work, we're in the fight.

Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

And if you think journalism like Mother Jones'—that calls it like it is, that will never acquiesce to power, that looks where others don't—can help guide us through this historic, high-stakes moment, and you're able to right now, please help us reach our $350,000 goal by October 31 with a donation today. It's all hands on deck for democracy.

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