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Rosalie Edge

1877-1962

Rosalie Edge Up until 1929, not a single woman held a prominent position in the American conservation movement. Rosalie Edge changed that. She took her experience in the women’s rights movement, her love of birds, her outrage over the behavior of the leaders of the Audubon Association, and with intelligence, persistence and wit became the role model for a generation of women no longer content to sit, breathless, by a campfire or in a city auditorium, while a man lectured on the beauties of nature and the need to preserve them. She also understood that predators have a vital role in the natural order and deserved respect and protection — something few in the birding community understood during the 1930’s, her most influential decade. Her legacy includes both the prominence of women in the environmental movement and a wildlife refuge named Hawk Mountain.

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