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Women : Taking the lead to save our Environment

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  • 1. Women : Taking the lead to save our Environment
  • 2. Alice Waters is a pioneering cook, restaurateur and food activist. In 1996, she launched Chez Panisse Foundation to inspire students to choose healthy food and help them understand how their choices affect their health, their communities, and the planet. The programs include replacing school cafeteria canned fruits and vegetables with fresh fruit and vegetables, and developing schoolyard organic gardens where students cultivate food that they also prepare, serve and eat. www.chezpanissefoundation.org Information from the National Womens History Project (NWHP) Image from AP Images
  • 3. On December 10, 1997, 23- year-old Julia quot;Butterflyquot; Hill climbed into a 180 foot California Coast Redwood tree to prevent loggers from cutting it down. She put her own life on the line to save the life of a forest that was under immediate threat of destruction. She spent two years on that treetop and attracted worldwide attention for her non-violent action in defense of the forest. Information from the NWHP Image from AP Images
  • 4. In 1978, a young housewife named Lois Gibbs discovered that her childs elementary school was built on top of a toxic-chemical dump. Determined to do something, she organized her neighbors into the Love Canal Homeowners Association, which worked for more than 2 years to have the community relocated. In 1981, Lois created the Center for Health, Environment & Justice, (CHEJ), an organization that has assisted over 10,000 grassroots movements. www.chej.org Information from the NWHP Image from AP Images
  • 5. A young Jane Goodall went to Africa to study chimpanzees and soon became their leading crusader. Her research work expanded to include numerous conservation efforts in Africa and worldwide. Her global nonprofit Institute empowers people to make a difference for all living things, by creating healthy ecosystems, promoting sustainable livelihoods and nurturing new generations of committed, active citizens. www.janegoodall.org Image from AP Images Information from the NWHP
  • 6. Born in Kenya, Dr. Wangari Maathai is the first woman in East and Central Africa to earn a doctorate degree. She is also the first African woman and the first environmentalist to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Dr. Maathai started the grassroots Greenbelt Movement in 1977 as a way to help African women address the challenges of deforestation, soil erosion and lack of water. Today, 40 million trees later, soil erosion has been reduced, forest has been restored and protected, and many Africans are living healthier, more productive lives. www.greenbeltmovement.org Image from AP Images
  • 7. Rachel Carson took the world by storm in 1962 with the publication of Silent Spring. This book was the culmination of years of research on the effects of pesticides on the natural environment, and showed that the unregulated use of pesticides was not only harmful to animals, but to all living things. The book ultimately helped get the pesticide DDT Image from AP Images banned by the US in 1972.
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  • 9. 1st woman cashier of a national bank in the US 1st president of a national bank in the US Active participant in the banking profession despite the male domination of the field at that time. Image from Flickr Creative Commons
  • 10. Launched WMVO-FM in 1951 Launched WMVO-AM in 1953 Filled many roles for the two stations, including: community director, sales manager, general manager, and president Image from Flickr Creative Commons 10
  • 11. Chair and CEO of The Longaberger Company in Newark, OH Member of Ohio Womens Hall of Fame Active participant in international, national and statewide affairs Image from Flickr Creative Commons
  • 12. First female to run for president (1872) First female wall street broker (along with her sister Tennessee) Supported free love, vegetarianism, sex education, and short skirts. Image from Homer Public Library