These women come from all walks of life: from all continents, all cultures, all ethnic groups. They have different backgrounds and sensibilities. They are professors, doctors, journalists, farmers, scientists, jurists, lawyers, sociologists, paleontologists, anthropologists, ethologists, politicians, Nobel Prize winners… They are women of influence in the noblest sense of the word. For the influence that they demonstrate is visible in the promotion of democracy and peace, but also in the promotion of equity and the protection of the environment. They are committed to all living things (from humans to animals including biodiversity), and they campaign for the defense of the rights of human beings, animals and nature. They join in the fight against climate change, they are against all forms of conflict and violence, which does not prevent some of them from being rebels. They work for the Earth to be respected, preserved, restored and this, by all means, whether they come from Space or Earth, and in all possible forms, through laws, constructive debates with citizens or by making the voice of the most vulnerable heard, but also through Art and Science. They promote beauty, harmony, awareness, inspiration, and also the mobilization of knowledge, be it traditional and ancestral or modern and innovative. They are undeniably oriented towards social and environmental justice. In addition, what connects them all in an invisible way is their fight for resilience and their strong sense of belonging to a great whole of which the Earth is the beating heart.

Before reading them, discover the women who have contributed to HOPES: Those who directly testified: Sandra Bessudo, Valérie Cabanes, Shirin Ebadi, Jane Goodall, Claudie Haigneré, Tawakkol Karman, Corinne Lepage, Nathalie Meusy, Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, Setsuko Thurlow, Jody Williams. The other specialists who also contributed to enrich Yannick Monget’s remarks with their expert perspectives: Julie Patarin-Jossec, Julie Lasne and Peggy Vincent. Finally, the women who punctuated the texts of HOPES with remarkable words, including : Simone Veil, Kamala Harris, Angela Merkel, Mae Jemison, Kalpana Chawla, Valentina Tereshkova, Margaret G. Hamilton, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Wangari Muta Maathai, Michelle Obama, Margaret Mead, Marie Curie, Anne Frank, Frida Khalo, Rosa Parks, Rachel Carson, Dian Fossey, Simone de Beauvoir, Marguerite Yourcenar, Eugenie Clark, Amelia Earhart…

CREDITS ILLUSTRATON / SANDRA BESSUDO / Credits Olivier Borde – Fondation Malpelo et autres écosystèmes marins / VALERIE CABANES Credits J. Panconi / SHIRIN EBADI Credits DR / JANE GOODALL Credits Vincent Calmel / CLAUDIE HAIGNERÉ Credits Nadia Imbert / TAWAKKOL KARMAN Credits DR / CORINNE LEPAGE Credits Bruno Klein / NATHALIE MEUSY Credits Sarah Zuili / HINDOU OUMAROU IBRAHIM Credits Salma Khalili – Terre indigène / SETSUKO THURLOW Credits Ari Beser / JODY WILLIAMS Credits Greg Gorman