Tawakul Karmen has crossed significant barriers to demonstrate against Yemen's President Ali Absullah Saleh, a man who has dominated Yemini politics for more than three decades.
More than 5 million Yeminis live in poverty and nearly half are illiterate. Yemen is resource poor. It is expected to be the first country in the world to run out of water within the next few decades.
Karmen is a 32-year-old mother of three who has been credited with initiating protests demanding President Saleh's resignation.
Read the full story about this extraordinary woman on my Living in the Heartland blog.