Exceptional Women Environmentalists

Exceptional Women Environmentalists


By Frances Rooney


Inspiring biographies of ten women whose passionate work makes our planet a better place to live.

From Rachel Carson, the woman who started the modern environmental movement, to Severn Cullis-Suzuki, former host of Suzuki's Nature Quest, to Marina Silva, who fights to keep the Brazilian rain forest from disappearing, read about these ten amazing women who prove how ordinary people can do extraordinary things. While the threat of environmental crises becomes more dominant in the media and popular culture, these trailblazing women are taking action to make a vital difference for our planet. Featuring profiles of:

  • Severn Cullis-Suzuki (Canada), environmentalist and founder of the Environmental Children’s Organization
  • Sheila Watt-Cloutier (Canada), an activist raising the profile of the Inuit people and the effects of global warming on the North and 2007 Nobel Peace Prize nominee
  • Rachel Carson (USA), founder of the modern environmental movement
  • Jane Goodall (England/Africa), foremost researcher and tireless advocate of primates
  • Dai Qing (China), a journalist and activist against the Three Gorges Dam project in China
  • Fatima Jibrell (Somalia), founder of Horn Relief and other education-relief organizations in Somalia
  • Vandana Shiva (India), a champion for women’s rights and the global food supply, physicist, ecologist, and author
  • Marina Silva (Brazil), the “Amazonian Legend” for Brazilian rainforests and human rights
  • Sharon Beder (Australia), a leader in environmental and water supply issues
  • Olya Melen (Ukraine), the youngest recipient of the Goldman Environmental Prize in 2006 who saved the Danube Delta wetlands

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About the Author

Frances Rooney is a writer, editor, and spiritual director who lives in Toronto. Her books include Working Light: The Wandering Life of Photographer Edith S. Watson (published in Canada, the U.S. and Britain) and Our Lives (finalist for the Lambda Award). Frances has written two books for the Women’s Hall of Fame Series – her first was Extraordinary Women Explorers.

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Product Information

  • Release: September 30, 2007

  • $10.95 Paperback

  • 112 Pages

  • 6 x 9

  • Children’s Nonfiction

  • Ages 9-13 / Grades 4-8

  • Guided Reading: Z

  • ISBN: 9781897187227


  • Character Education
    > Strong Female Role Models

  • Language Arts
    > Biography

  • History & Social Studies
    > Social Justice

  • Environmentalism

Praise for Exceptional Women Environmentalists

"With the finesse of a superb storyteller... Rooney has written a captivating book about 10 fascinating women. It is certain to appeal to girls interested in ecology, ethology, the environment, and environmental activism. Highly Recommended." CM: Canadian Review of Materials 4/4 Starred Review