November 29, 2012 Fewer babies now means fewer working-age people a few decades from now. And that means less support for Medicare, Social Security and other programs.
Elinor Ostrom in January 2011.
Raveendran /AFP/Getty Images
June 12, 2012 Her work on commonly managed property was honored. In 2009, she told NPR about how as a young woman she wasn't allowed to study trigonometry because it was thought she would be "barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen." She died today. Ostrom was 78.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/154839640/113732140" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
NPR thanks our sponsors
Become an NPR sponsor