“Well she’s just a crazy woman.” If we’ve never heard it said specifically about us, I’m sure we’ve at least heard it. In general. In a movie. It’s never ok. And the girl who is being talked about is rarely actually crazy.
One woman who unfortunately heard that many times in her life was Wangari Maathai. Born in Kenya in the 40s, she came into the world in a not so great time for women; we lacked rights and also microwave Ramen, so basically that time period was a travesty.
This woman got. Things. Done. And she did them all the while people were calling her a “crazy woman”. She encouraged conservation and environmental protection and lauded tree planting and nurseries. Cause she knew that among other things, breathing is a fun thing to do.
She protested when her corrupt government proposed (and later carried out) construction in a beloved national park. When she found out this same government wanted to buy up public conserved lands and sell them to those who supported them politically, she lead protests again. (Such a stellar sounding government, by the way).
"We all need to work hard to make a difference in our neighborhoods, regions, and countries, and in the world as a whole. That means making sure we work hard, collaborate with each other, and make ourselves better agents to change."
Each time after these protests, she was arrested. Each time the government accused her of inciting the women of Kenya. Her own husband divorced her because he said he “couldn’t control her.”
And still she fought. And she ran for office and she won. She established the Mazingira Green Party of Kenya, and they run on a platform of environmental conservation. She won a Nobel Prize in 2004.
Crazy women are rarely crazy; they’re just right, and they know they’re going to win.