Rachel Carson was an American marine biologist and nature writer credited with catalyzing the global environmental movement. She started as a biologist with the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries in 1936, but became a full-time author in the 1950s. Her first three books were about marine life, from the shore to the surface to the deep sea.
But it was her 1962 bestselling book, Silent Spring, about the effects of pesticides that brought environmental issues to the attention of the American public, and later, the world. Silent Spring led to a nationwide ban on DDT and other pesticides, and the grassroots environmental movement the book inspired led to the creation of the federal Environmental Protection Agency [EPA].
“Those who dwell, as scientists or laymen, among the beauties and mysteries of the earth, are never alone or weary of life.”
Go to www.rachelcarson.org to learn more about Rachel or go to http://www.nwhm.org/education-resources/biography/biographies-home to learn about more kick-butt women in history.
Source: National Women’s History Museum
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