Day 4: MCAF Celebrates Women Fighting For Clean Air

BY ON March 7, 2013

Photo collage of seven women Moms Clean Air Force honors for international women's day

In honor of International Women’s Day tomorrow, 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!

Cynthia Leive

Cynthia Leive is the mother of Lucy and Isaac. She has served as editor-in-chief of Glamour magazine since May 2001. Prior to Glamour, Cynthia was editor-in-chief of Self magazine. Cynthia is the women’s lifestyle contributor on NBC’s Today Show, where she discusses women’s issues from fashion to politics. She serves on the board of directors for The International Women’s Media Foundation and is a former president of the American Society of Magazine Editors. Forbes named her the “Most Powerful U.S. Fashion Magazine Editor.”

Julianne Moore

Julianne is an Oscar-winning actress, a children’s book author and a mom. Julianne has been nominated for four Oscars, six Golden Globes, three BAFTAs, and nine Screen Actors Guild Awards. In October 2007, Moore made her literary debut with the publication of Freckleface Strawberry, a children’s book based on her experiences as a child. In April 2009, Moore followed up with a second children’s book titled Freckleface Strawberry and the Dodgeball Bully. Watch Julianne’s MCAF video HERE.

Ana Roca-Castro

Ana is the proud mother of the Fantasticos4: Giuseppe, Pier, Emmanuel and Nora. She is president and CEO of Premier Social Media, and founder and chair of Latinos in Social Media (LATISM), a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to advancing the social, civic and economic status of the Latino community. After managing the Oracle implementation for the United Nations, Ana launched Premier Social Media in 2007 with the development of a safe social networking site for diplomats and ambassadors. Her clients include Toshiba, Wal-Mart, FedEx, the World Bank, Nickelodeon and Ther-Rx Corporation. As a social media developer, she partners with businesses, non-profit organizations and PR/Marketing companies to serve their needs in the social media realm.

Molly Rauch

Molly is a mom who lives and works in Washington, DC. As Public Health Policy and Outreach Manager for Moms Clean Air Force, Molly builds relationships with public health organizations and develops alliances and partnerships with them. She also writes about public health science and policy for Moms Clean Air Force. Molly has authored reports on coal and clean air for Physicians for Social Responsibility, and her writing on environmental health has appeared in Huffington Post and The Green Guide, among other publications. A native New Yorker, Molly holds a masters degree in public health.

April Rhoden

April is a MCAF super mom from Ohio. She lives with her husband and children in Hilliard, Ohio, where she works with other parents working to switch their school district to green cleaning products. About a year ago, at a meeting with Senator Sherrod Brown’s aid, April mentioned her concern about toxic cleaning chemicals in our public schools. Her passion for this issue spread throughout the group. April now works on safe chemical reform on a legislative level. April also helped organize moms meetings to gain support for the EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxins Standards. She is taking a lead role in energy efficiency meetings aimed to protect Ohio’s Renewable Portfolio Standard and Energy Efficiency Resource Standard which are coming under attack.

Vee Heymach

Vee is the MCAF Michigan field organizer. While finishing her degree in North-American history and politics at Freie Universitaet Berlin, Vee was offered an internship with the Macomb Democratic Party in Michigan, and so began her love-affair with Michigan. Vee has worked on various campaigns during her time in the U.S., and later on worked for the Michigan House of Representatives. Vee cites one of the most influential women in her life as her mother, Petra Heymach.

Marcia Yerman

Marcia is a mom and a MCAF blogger. As a freelance writer, Marcia focuses on Women’s Issues, the Environment, Human Rights, and the Arts. You can find her profiles, interviews, essays and articles archived at She also contributes to Huffington PostDailyKosOpen Salon, and OpEdNews. At MCAF, Marcia is particularly interested in reporting on the politics and environmental policy.

Read More:

Day 1: MCAF Celebrates Women Fighting For Clean Air

Day 2: MCAF Celebrates Women Fighting For Clean Air

Day 3: MCAF Celebrates Women Fighting For Clean Air 



TOPICS: Activism, Motherhood, Pollution