Celebrating Women in History

Celebrating Women in History

Celebrating Women in History

Women’s History Month is a time to celebrate women’s momentous contributions to the environmental movement. Women have risen up against polluting corporations, fought to ensure all communities have access to clean air and water, and led movements advocating for action on the climate crisis. Because of unequal access to resources, information, and power, women and girls are on the frontlines of our environmental and climate crises. But they’re also on the frontlines of the struggle to solve them and build a more sustainable future on a foundation of racial, economic, and gender justice.

Top photo by Javier Sierra | Photo of Catherine Coleman Flowers

Environmental Leaders

Many among history’s most seminal environmental thinkers were trailblazers who happened to be women.

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Rachel Carson and wildlife artist Bob Hines | Photo courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Scientists, Activists, and Writers

A list of essential reading about Rachel Carsen and several other trailblazing environmental thinkers who also happen to be women.

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Betty Reid Soskin, America's oldest park ranger, at the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, California. | Photo by Edward Caldwell

Betty Reid Soskin is Richmond's "Resident Rosie"

Longest-serving park ranger shares legacy of our country’s painful history with visitors.

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Magaly Santos advocates for protection from pesticides in Gonzales, California. | Photo by Gabriela Hasbun

Magaly Santos Speaks Up for Farmworkers

This bilingual teen wants to stop pesticide poisoning.

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Mishka Banuri mobilizes young people in Utah to push for climate justice. | Photo by Kim Raff

Mishka Banuri's Crash Course in Political Activism

She helped pass a climate resolution in Utah.

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In this episode of The Overstory we imagine a brighter, better future with an all-star roster of activists and authors. Melissa Nelson of The Cultural Conservancy discusses what it will take to Indigenize the conservation movement, Black urbanist Kristen Jeffers envisions a new kind of city, Varshini Prakash of the Sunrise Movement offers her take on youth activism, and the Sierra Club's director of campaigns, Mary Anne Hitt, tells us what a clean energy future can be like.

On Thursday, January 28, 2021, Erin Brockovich moderated a live discussion on "forever chemicals" and the film "Radium Girls" with Executive Producer Lily Tomlin, Producer/Co-Director Lydia Dean Pilcher, Brenda Hampton of Concerned Citizens of North Alabama, Kiya Leake of Women’s Earth Alliance, and the Sierra Club's Sonya Lunder, director of the Sierra Club's Toxics and Health program.