MARJORY STONEMAN DOUGLAS


Today's fierce female is Marjory Stoneman Douglas.

Born in 1890, she graduated with straight A's from Wellesley. She met and married Kenneth Douglas in 1914, but divorced him within a year after discovering he was a con man already married to someone else. She never married again.

She moved to Miami, where she became a reporter for the Miami Herald. She quickly found her voice in the paper's editorial page, where she became an outspoken advocate for women's suffrage and civil rights.

She had a successful career writing fiction as well, with her short stories, poems, and plays being regularly published.

In 1947, she wrote The Everglades: Rivers of Grass. It was an eloquent argument for the preservation of the Everglades, which many argued should be filled in for property development. It sold out within a month, and is considered to be one of the primary factors in the preservation of the Everglades.

Alongside her decades-long fight for conservation, Marjory was a vocal proponent for civil rights legislation and a founding member of the Southern chapter of the ACLU.

She also sounds like she was a real hoot. She was famous for her trademark floppy sun hats and a deep love for sherry.

She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Bill Clinton in 1993. She died 5 years later at the age of 108.

"It's a little bit late in the day for men to object that women are getting outside their proper sphere."

“You have to stand up for some things in this world.”

"No matter how poor my eyes are, I can still talk."

“There is always the need to carry on.”

"Sometimes, I tell them more than they wanted to know."

"I take advantage of every thing I can - age, hair, disability - because my cause is just."

"The hardest thing is to tell the truth about oneself. One doesn't like to remember unpleasant details, but forgetting them makes one's life seem disorganized."

"People can't be rude to me, this poor little old woman. But I can be rude to them, poor darlings, and nobody can stop me."


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