Women’s Work: The Legacy of Women in America’s Oldest Bird Conservation Organization

In 1896, 25 years before women had the right to vote in the United States, Minna Hall and Harriet Hemenway organized to end the wholesale slaughter of birds for feathers used in the fashion trade, founding the Massachusetts Audubon Society…

Women’s Work: The Legacy of Women in America’s Oldest Bird Conservation Organization

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In 1896, 25 years before women had the right to vote in the United States, Minna Hall and Harriet Hemenway organized to end the wholesale slaughter of birds for feathers used in the fashion trade, founding the Massachusetts Audubon Society for the Protection of Birds in the process. Hall and Hemenway not only saved millions of birds, they also launched the world into a whole new conservation ethic. Join Joan Walsh, Gerard Bertrand Chair of Natural History and Field Ornithology at Mass Audubon, for a special Women’s History Month talk on the enduring legacy of women in America’s oldest bird conservation organization — from the founding mothers to modern-day scientists, activists, and educators.

Recorded via Zoom on March 10, 2022.

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