From Cooking to Conservation: Women Take Action to Protect the Planet

November 6, 2014 5:01 PM

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From Cooking to Conservation: Women Take Action to Protect the Planet

On November 6, 2014, 238 scientists -- predominantly women -- signed a proclamation entitled "A call for inclusive conservation" in the prestigious, peer-reviewed journal Nature (Volume 515, pages 27-8, November 6 2014). It was 1920 when women first got the chance to vote in the United States. Now, nearly 100 years later, women are asking for a place at the stakeholder table for conservation and sustainability of our natural resources. I am one of those women who signed this document. In my work as a conservation biologist, I often find myself as the only woman at the table -- or more likely, the lone female on a jungle expedition. Despite the many advances of women in the boardroom and on the corporate payroll, the world of conservation brokers -- especially in most developing countries -- remains male-dominated. There is nothing wrong with men devoted to conservation, but why not engage the other 51 percent of the population?

In the Nature article, our diverse group of authors argues that advocates for conservation solutions have "descended into vitriolic, personal battles in universities, conferences, research stations, conservation organizations, and even the media." In the article, we go on to explain that such debate...

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