Rachel Carson (1907 – 1964) was a biologist, ecologist, and writer. In 1936, she was a pioneer for women, as one of the two who worked in US Bureau of Fisheries. Her interests concerned the both the livelihood of the fisherman, as well as conserving the fish population for future generations. She wrote many books and smaller items on sustainable fishing practices.
Her book, Silent Spring, in 1962, focused on other living creatures, primarily birds, and how they were going extinct due to pollution, fertilizers, and pesticides. As a direct result of her work, DDT was banned. Two years later, she died of breast cancer, likely brought on by her work and research into DDT.
Thanks to her research, the EPA was created in 1970 to help locate dangers, and protect the community from pesticides and other chemicals that alter human DNA, cause illness, and potential early death. By protecting humans, we also protect the environment. Rachel Carson gave her life to protect the lives of all future women.
May her work not be in vain.
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