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National Geographic Magazine

November 2019

The latest news in science, exploration, and culture will open your eyes to the world’s many wonders. Get a National Geographic digital magazine subscription today and experience the same high-quality articles and breathtaking photography contained in the print edit.

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others see waste. she sees worth.

JILL BOUGHTON is founder and president of Waste2Worth Innovations, the evolution of an initiative first launched during her 24-year career at Procter & Gamble. A chemical engineer by training, Jill now works on the ground in emerging regions to revolutionize the use of solid waste as a resource. Affectionately known as “The Trash Lady,” her groundbreaking solutions are providing direct environmental, economic, and social value to communities around the world. “I fell in love with the challenge of trash. In some ways it’s more complex than a moon shot.” The 42,000-ton mountain of trash is 50 years old, seven-acres wide, and on fire. It towers over little Dagupan City, Philippines, on the South China Sea; endangering the ocean, a river, the local economy, and families who live in its shadow. Jill Boughton…

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making life changing discoveries

“The answer we were pursuing was right here inside my body.”“The advances in diabetes prevention and treatment are truly remarkable, but it’s also important to remember that there’s so much more we can do,” Michael adds. “I’m excited to be on the frontlines in shaping that future.” Growing up as a science-loving kid, Dr. Laura Michael says she figured she would teach high school biology one day. That is until, as an undergraduate at DePauw University in Indiana, she worked on a project with her biology professor, Dr. Kathleen Jagger, and realized, for the first time, that scientific research was a career option. “Dr. Jagger’s confidence in me opened up the possibility of being a research scientist,” says Michael, a type 2 diabetes researcher at Eli Lilly and Company. “She spent an…

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what is your greatest strength?

My greatest strength is my ability to recognize blind spots, see and hear things that most ignore, and spot pathways beyond well-worn trails.Michele Norris Writer Page 10 My belief in what I cannot see or hear but in what I feel.Erika Larsen Photographer Page 29 I am tenacious. I am passion-ate about what I believe in. And I’m not afraid to fight for what I feel is right.Sarah Leen Director of Photography Page 34 I listen.Lynn Johnson Photographer Page 50 The ability to cross boundaries—social, physical, religious—to understand others. Also, knowing who I am and being true to myself.Rania Abouzeid Writer Pages 50, 82 My self-care. Weeks can go by where sacrifice is necessary but so is rest and love. There is no beauty or glory in suffering.Yagazie Emezi Photographer Page 82 I can delve beyond…

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why the future should be female

WHEN I HEADED OFF TO COLLEGE, my mother gave me a piece of folded-up paper with a message she thought I would need. She wrote it longhand on a page torn from one of the little notebooks she kept by the phone. It said: No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. It’s a quote widely attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt, and it was a wonderful gift for a young woman setting off into the world. I wish I’d kept that tiny piece of paper. For a time it was in my wallet, and then, after it got frayed and kind of dingy, I put it inside a sparkly bobby pin and kept it in a dresser drawer with jewelry and keepsakes. After several years and several moves, I lost track…

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speaking up

LOOK FOR THE WORDS and portraits of impressive, insightful women in six colorful sections like this throughout the issue. You’ll see that we’ve posed the same questions to women from all walks of life. Some are notables from our new book WOMEN: The National Geographic Image Collection. Others are National Geographic Society scientists and explorers. Still others belong to Women of Impact, a 56,000-strong online community that National Geographic convened as a place to share women’s stories. Ponder the questions if you like, or make use of the answers. Welcome to the discussion. There’s more at on.natgeo.com/womenofimpact.…

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what is the most important challenge that women face today?

“BEING TREATED EQUITABLY, BASED ON ABILITY TO CONTRIBUTE, BASED ON SKILLS. BEING ACCEPTED AS EQUAL.” Q: What Is the Most Important Challenge That Women Face Today? MELINDA GATES SHE CO-FOUNDED THE BILL & MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION, WHICH SUPPORTS EFFORTS TO REDUCE INEQUALITY, POVERTY, AND OTHER GLOBAL ILLS. There isn’t a country on Earth where women have achieved true equality, and the barriers they face look different in different places. But no matter where you are in the world, understanding these barriers is the first step to dismantling them—and that requires making a concerted effort to gather better data about women and their lives. We don’t have reliable information about how many girls are going to school, how many women have the chance to earn an income, what their health and safety looks like, and…