To celebrate Women’s History Month, we wanted to commemorate the women who have made pivotal contributions to our national parks. From Joshua Tree to Everglades, many of our national parks would not be here today if it wasn't for women who used their voices to protect our American landmarks. Below, we highlighted a few of these impactful heroes who helped shape the parks that we know and love today.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas - Everglades National Park, FL
The Everglades of southern Florida were originally only seen as a swamp area that did not serve any ecological purpose. Majority Stoneman Douglas, however, saw what many others did not and recognized the detrimental impact that changes to the Everglades’ natural systems had on the area's water flow. When the waterflow was restricted, oxygen was depleted due to the diminishing amount of vital algal growth, leaving the aquatic animals in the area unable to survive. In response to what she witnessed, Douglas wrote The Everglades: River of Grass, where she described the importance of the natural ecosystem in south Florida and the need for human protection in the area. During that same year, Everglades National Park was established thanks to the awareness that Douglas raised.