In honor of International Women’s Day, Friday, March 8th, Moms Clean Air Force is paying tribute to the amazing women who help MCAF fight for clean air. Stay tuned each day this week to learn about these incredible women!
Jessica is the mother of a son, Luke, and daughter, Eve. Born in Columbia, Missouri, she graduated Brown University with a degree in English and studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. She is best known for her roles as Dr. Arizona Robbins on Grey’s Anatomy (from 2009) and as Jamie Stringer in The Practice. Since her first part as Patsy in The Locusts, Jessica has appeared in numerous films and television series, including Minority Report, Valentine and Bones. A passionate advocate of the environment and children’s health, Jessica is married to Christopher Gavigan, a bestselling author and former CEO of Healthy Child Healthy World, a nonprofit that empowers parents to protect children from harmful chemicals.
Ronnie is a writer, editor and educator. She is the managing editor of Moms Clean Air Force. She has written and edited thousands of articles about green living and the environment for websites, books and magazines. Ronnie is the creator of Econesting. Her posts can also be found on Huffington Post, Care2, Planet Green, Inhabitat, Yahoo!Green, Treehugger and other sites. Ronnie was named one of the Top Ten Living Green Experts by Yahoo. She has been a contributor to Family Fun magazine and is included in their books. Ronnie was a teacher for many years and is the mother of two children.
Dr. Cullen serves as Chief Climatologist and correspondent for Climate Central – a non-profit science journalism and research organization headquartered in Princeton, NJ. Before joining Climate Central, where she reports on climate and energy issues for programs like PBS NewsHour, Dr. Cullen served as The Weather Channel’s first on-air climate expert and helped create Forecast Earth, a weekly television series focused on issues related to climate change and the environment. Prior to that Dr. Cullen worked as a research scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, CO. She received the NOAA Climate & Global Change Fellowship and spent two years at Columbia University’s International Research Institute for Climate and Society working to apply long-range climate forecasts to the water resources sector in Brazil and Paraguay.
Blythe is the mother of Jake and Gwyneth Paltrow, and a grandmother. She has appeared in Meet the Parents, Meet the Fockers, The Lightkeepers, Huff and Will & Grace, and won Emmys for her role in Huff (both 2005 and 2006), and a Tony for Butterflies Are Free. She is a recipient of the Women in Film Lucy Award. Blythe became involved with the Oral Cancer Foundation after her husband, Bruce Paltrow, passed away. She continues to raise awareness and funding for oral cancer issues through the Bruce Paltrow Oral Cancer Fund. She has also engaged in environmental activism, defending recycling programs in Santa Monica and New York City, and advocating for the use of alternative energy sources.
Jenny is one of the dedicated advocates behind Moms Clean Air Force Ohio. She is a former high school English teacher is an artist, writer, and avid outdoor enthusiast, who is inspired by and passionate about nature and the environment. Jenny focuses on writing about her life and her family as they try to consciously live a compassionate, sustainable, healthy lifestyle in the Midwest. She is an aspiring urban farmer who is happiest than when she is out running or riding her bike.
Harriet has worn many hats over the course of her life. She has been a ski instructor in Western Canada, an orchard worker in Israel, and a member of her college sky diving club. Harriet will tell you however that the most important “hat” she wears is one she put on in 1998 and continues to wear to this day, and that is mom to her two children, Elliot and Alana. Becoming a mom heightened Harriet’s desire to find a way to “make the world a better place,” not only for her children but for all the children around us, even the grown up ones. Harriet is currently the Founder and Executive Director of Climate Mama, which grew out of Harriet’s work with The Climate Reality Project, an organization she continues to work with.
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