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Women We Love: 11 Environmental Heroines

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Rachel Carson

As a well-known modern environmental heroine, Rachel Carson is credited with bringing ill-managed DDT pesticide contamination under national attention with her 1960s ground-breaking book, Silent Spring. The book helped to crystallize the beginnings of an American environmental movement, and was a catalyst for changing national pesticide policies. Her work provided formative inspiration for the deep ecology and eco-feminist movements, in addition to laying the groundwork for organizations such as the Environmental Protection Agency.

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