Women Pioneers for the Environment / Edition 1by Mary Joy Breton
Pub. Date: 03/09/2000
Publisher: Northeastern University Press
As the torchbearers of environmental activism, women from around the world have created profound changes that are helping to ensure a healthier planet for all living things. Whether it is Judi Bari, who was crippled by a car bomb because of her efforts to save California's ancient redwood forests; Dai Qing, who was imprisoned for her opposition to an
As the torchbearers of environmental activism, women from around the world have created profound changes that are helping to ensure a healthier planet for all living things. Whether it is Judi Bari, who was crippled by a car bomb because of her efforts to save California's ancient redwood forests; Dai Qing, who was imprisoned for her opposition to an environmentally destructive dam on China's Yangtze River; or Dr. Tatynana Artyomkina, who defied KGB threats and exposed health and environmental risks in the Soviet Union, women have put their lives on the line and persevered against daunting odds to restore and protect the environment.
Mary Joy Breton provides absorbing sketches of these and other women activists in the Americas, Eastern and Western Europe, Africa, and Asia. Breton interweaves her accounts with narrative on the ecological hazards that drove these women to spearhead various environmental campaigns, examining why and how they challenged, and often defeated, the power structures of government and industry.
Although these remarkable women come from various geographical regions and represent a wide range of economic, ethnic, and political backgrounds, they share insights, values, and a particular sensitivity to the Earth that led them to change the course of history. Their courageous efforts illuminate the crucial role of women in the environmental movement, and provide inspiration for a new generation of activists.
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Table of Contents
|List of Illustrations||ix|
|Chapter 1||Tree Huggers and Tree Planters||3|
|Chapter 2||First Lady of Environmental Science||47|
|Chapter 3||Early Municipal Housekeepers||64|
|Chapter 4||Whistle-Blowers under Fire||72|
|Chapter 5||The Tide of Women's Rage||102|
|Chapter 6||"Those Know-Nothing Housewives"||116|
|Chapter 7||Combatting Death by Ecocide||142|
|Chapter 8||Perseverance and Patience Pay Off||161|
|Chapter 9||Casting New Models||186|
|Chapter 10||Thinking Like a River||237|
|Chapter 11||Women and Wildlife||255|
|Chapter 12||Women and International Forums||280|
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Breton's hero worship gets in the way of searching out the facts. The books most glaring error comes to light in the section devoted to the late Judi Bari. The author uncritically gives a pass to Bari's own overinflated version of her own importance. Breton covers not a whit about the fact that Bari played out a role as a 'non-violent' forest activist while plotting the murder of her ex-husband. Poor scholarship on Breton's part.