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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.
|List of Illustrations|
|Ch. 1||Tree Huggers and Tree Planters: Amrita Devi, Wangari Maathai, Colleen McCrory, Judi Bari, Harriet Bullitt, Kathryn Fuller||3|
|Ch. 2||First Lady of Environmental Science: Ellen Swallow||47|
|Ch. 3||Early Municipal Housekeepers: Caroline Bartlett, Mary Eliza McDowell||64|
|Ch. 4||Whistle-Blowers under Fire: Rachel Carson, Theo Colborn, Mary Sinclair, Dai Qing||72|
|Ch. 5||The Tide of Women's Rage: Emma Must, JoAnn Tall, Joan Martin-Brown||102|
|Ch. 6||"Those Know-Nothing Housewives": Lois Gibbs, Cathy Hinds, Michiko Ishimuri||116|
|Ch. 7||Combatting Death by Ecocide: Tatyana Artyomkina, Maria Cherkasova, Maria Guminska||142|
|Ch. 8||Perseverance and Patience Pay Off: Carol Browner, Janet Gibson, Polly Dyer, Pat Waak||161|
|Ch. 9||Casting New Models: Gro Harlem Brundtland, Hazel Henderson, Helena Norberg-Hodge, Vandana Shiva, Florence Wambugu, Petra Kelly, Hazel Wolf||186|
|Ch. 10||Thinking Like a River: Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Marjorie Carr, Christine Jean||237|
|Ch. 11||Women and Wildlife: Harriet Hemenway, Margaret Murie, Sarah James, Sylvia Earle, Katharine Ordway||255|
|Ch. 12||Women and International Forums: Bella Abzug||280|
Posted August 15, 2005
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.