From the suburban home lot to the county seat, women have ban together to design, cultivate and reshape the American scene, moving from "harbingers of a gentle heart" to women of power and influence.
It was during the first decades of the 20th century that a small number of visionary women in the Philadelphia area initiate garden club movements which eventually resulted in changed lives and landscapes for all of North America. Together they established four vital organizations: the Garden Club of Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania School of Horticulture for Women, the Garden Club of America and the Woman’s National Farm and Garden Association. While most people remain unaware it was considered almost social suicide and distinctly matrimonial suicide for a woman to enter a profession, it was these women who laid the groundwork for others to follow.
So, as a child of the era 'tell instead of read me a story', in my book – Eco-legacy, a millennium woman’s heritage, I invite readers to join in a walk on a path worn smooth by generational expectation. Challenging all to identify and celebrate their legacy because heritage is more than a possession, it is a gift: the birthright of our children. “As an environmentalist and president of the Cornell Douglas foundation,” says Ann Cornell, President Cornell Douglas Foundation www.CornellDouglas.org, “I have been searching for new words to define those of us who advocate for protecting our natural resources for future generations. Wright's word- eco-legacy is perfect: it encourages all of us to recognize that water, land, and air are not expendable luxuries, but critical resources we must sustain in our roles as responsible stewards.”
In celebration of March as national "women in history month," together, let's urge all to honor those who have enabled American’s rich eco heritage. For, as people who 'dig in the dirt', we can make a difference, inspire others to green their urban suburban communities! For additional details, visit web site The Wright Scoop.