Women In Flight | Audubon

Women In Flight | Audubon

This piece was co-authored by Patricia Zurita, CEO BirdLife Intercontinental

Women of all ages experts, activists, and conservationists have very long been at the forefront of the motion to safeguard birds and character. Eliza Philips and Emily Williamson co-established the Royal Modern society for the Defense of Birds in the British isles, even though Minna B. Hall and Harriet Hemenway co-established Massachusetts Audubon Culture. And the record goes on: Rosalie Edge created Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Rachel Carson sounded the alarm about DDT and birds in Silent Spring, and Mamie Parker helped uphold the integrity of the Migratory Chicken Treaty Act throughout a trailblazing occupation in general public service.  

Girlss Record Thirty day period is an prospect to reflect on our past, our current and the hope we have for the future. Nowadays, we are honored to continue the tradition of protecting birds and the environment we all share. Though women have extended been at the centre of this work all around the world—often in the facial area of enormous challenges—it is scarce for them to lead organizations with a mission to secure birds and the earth. In point, only 21{aa306df364483ed8c06b6842f2b7c3ab56b70d0f5156cbd2df60de6b4288a84f} of substantial nonprofit Chief Executive Officers are women of all ages. In our case,  Ms. Zurita, an Ecuadorian conservation economist, retains the distinction of currently being the 1st woman from a acquiring nation to guide a legacy global conservation corporation (BirdLife Global turns 100 this calendar year). Dr. Gray, an ornithologist and everyday living-lengthy conservationist, is the initial woman to hold the CEO title in Nationwide Audubon Societys 117-12 months historical past. Thinking of the actuality that couple of nonprofit CEOs are ladies and that 3-quarters of nonprofit CEOs  are white, we fully grasp that our leadership also carries with it a accountability to part product a new design and style of management even though creating  a far more equitable potential. 


The urgency at the rear of the have to have to act on the dual crises of climate transform and biodiversity loss has never ever been additional apparent, yet we are each and every loaded with hope as we believe about the upcoming. We are encouraged by the remarkable, proficient, and potent women of all ages in the course of the environment undertaking the work needed to create a brighter long term for us all.  

We are also motivated by females conservationists and activists throughout the globe who are having the future into their personal able arms. Winona LaDuke, is an economist, environmentalist, and writer recognized for her work on tribal land statements and preservation, as well as sustainable progress. Dr. Hahrie Han is a leading political scientist whose investigate in civic and political participation and effective social actions factors the way for nonprofits like ours to effectively have interaction our users and develop sturdy alter. (And Ms. LaDuke and Dr. Hahn had been keynote speakers at the 2019 Audubon Convention.) From Elizabeth Wanjiru Wathuti, a Kenyan surroundings and local weather activist and founder of Green Generation Initiative, to Nazareth Cabrera, chief of the Uitoto Indigenous people who inhabit the Colombian Amazon, to Nemonte Nenquimo, a Waorani chief in Ecuador who’s been main the lawful case from TEXACO, visionary gals are foremost the way. 

As leaders at all stages of the conservation movement imagine about the following 10 yrs and beyond in the route to deal with the climate and biodiversity crises, ladies will go on to participate in a vital purpose in how all those actions participate in out. Girls can and should direct as researchers, system heads, CEOs, government directors, board chairs, and community leaders. We will have to be compensated and revered in equal techniques to our male colleagues and friends. And women with privilege owe it to the most marginalized in our individual community to productively advocate for a much more equitable upcoming for all ladies, including transgender girls and Black, Indigenous, and other females of colour.  

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