Above - Kate Sessions: The mother of Balboa Park introduced trees and plants to San Diego.
As we enter part 2 of some of history’s most active women environmentalists, we hope you find a little bit of inspiration to be part of the solution and find ways to help the Earth, no matter how big or small.
Without further ado, these 3 women have made some big ripples in the environment:
Known as the ‘Mother of Balboa Park’ in San Diego, Kate leased 30 acres of Balboa Park back in 1885. She agreed to plant 100 trees a year in the park and 300 more around San Diego. Sessions was also the first woman to graduate from the University of California with a degree in science.
Rosalie Barrow Edge (above) founded the world's first preserve for birds of prey — Hawk Mountain Sanctuary near Kempton, Pennsylvania.
Rosalie Barrow Edge
Also passionate about women’s suffrage, Rosalie’s activism for the environment began after she discovered her love for birdwatching in the 1920s. She learned how tens of thousands of birds in the Alaskan Territory were being killed while the existing conservationists didn’t do anything about it. It was Edge’s efforts that led to the forming of the Emergency Conservation Committee, advocating for species protection.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas - Journalist, author, women's suffrage advocate, and conservationist known for her staunch defense of the Florida Everglades.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas
Florida might never have had clean water if it wasn’t for the efforts of Marjory. Despite most people thinking the Everglades were nothing more than a worthless swamp, it was her that discovered it’s link in keeping the rivers in Florida clear. She goes into deep detail about the importance of the Everglades in her book, The Everglades: River of Glass.
Rachel Carson - American marine biologist, author, and conservationist whose books are credited with advancing the global environmental movement.
Marine biologist Rachel began her career working with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. It wasn’t long before she began writing about science full-time. It wasn’t until her 1962 book, Silent Spring, created shockwaves in the U.S., calling out and criticizing the indiscriminate use of synthetic pesticides and eventually banning DDT. After her death, the Nixon Administration went on to create the Environmental Protection Agency.
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