I have watched with great interest and a very happy heart the young activist from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas School working to make a change in the gun control policies in the United States.  They have been unstinting in their efforts to try to make a change that would guarantee the right to safety at school to every student in our country.  I have always been curious about who the people are that schools are named after.  Imagine how please I was to read about Marjory Stoneman Douglas.  This school is named after a very inspiring activist.  I guess the students come by their activism honestly.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas

Marjory Stoneman Douglas’s 1947 best seller, The Everglades: River of Grass, raised America’s consciousness and transformed the Florida Everglades from an area that was looked upon as a useless swamp – to be drained and developed commercially – to a national park that is seen as a valuable environmental resource to be protected and preserved. After this successful campaign to preserve the Everglades as a national park, Douglas continued her work by founding the Friends of the Everglades, a conservation organization still active today.

Always ahead of her time, Douglas graduated from Wellesley College as an English major in 1912. A few years later, Douglas went to Miami to be a reporter for her father’s newspaper, which later became The Miami Herald. During World War I, she served with the American Red Cross in Europe. After the war, she launched her career as a newspaper editor at her father’s paper. Many of her editorials focused on what she perceived to be Florida’s increasing problem of rapid commercial development. In the 1920s, she left the newspaper to launch a second career as an author. Over the years she published many books and short stories, both fiction and non-fiction – most for adults but several for children – especially focusing on women, the history and life in southern Florida and environmental issues. She also engaged in a number of other campaigns and charity work to improve society: campaigns against slum-lords and for improved housing conditions, for free milk for babies whose parents needed aid, and for the ratification of the Women’s Suffrage Amendment.

Most important, she dedicated her life to preserving and restoring the Everglades. She lived long enough to witness great successes. In 1996, for example, Florida voters passed a constitutional amendment that held polluters primarily responsible for cleaning up the Everglades. And the Florida and federal governments have authorized multimillion-dollar projects to restore and expand the Everglades. In recognition of her tireless and successful struggle, the state of Florida named the headquarters of its Department of Natural Resources after her.

Awarding Mrs. Douglas the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1993, President Clinton recognized her achievements. Upon her death in 1998 at the age of 108, President Clinton said: “Long before there was an Earth Day, Mrs. Douglas was a passionate steward of our nation’s natural resources, and particularly her Florida Everglades.”



I invite you to leave a link in the comments section to an article you have posted about an inspiring woman.

The information in this article was obtained from Wikidpedia.

About Bernadette

I live in the small town of Haddonfield, NJ. I am at an age in my life when I seem to spend time thinking and musing about life. These musings are usually stimulated by my walks through Haddonfield, my reading of books and fellow bloggers, and my interaction with my group of fabulous family and friends.

13 Responses

  1. Thank you Bernadette, a busy & passionate writer!

    We have strict gun laws here in Australia, which I greatly appreciate!

    I too am an activist for protecting our environment, its encouraging to read her triumphs regarding that. Passing this passion on to the next generation I think is very important!

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  2. I always learn something when I come to your site. Thank you so much. 🙂 What an interesting lady. I love President Clinton’s words about her, “…Mrs. Douglas was a passionate steward of our nation’s natural resources, and particularly her Florida Everglades.” I would love to be referred to as a passionate steward. As always, a great post.

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  3. An inspiring woman, and so appropriate that students in the school named after her have inherited her zest for campaigning for what is right. And she knew the true meaning of ‘draining the swamp!’


  4. How wonderful that her tireless campaigning personality has imbued itself in an activist infusion in the young who attend the school named in her honour. She has much to be proud of in the legacy she left and I am ever hopeful that these young sparks will light the fire of change so sorely needed. Thank you Bernadette…. this lady what she achieved has made my day 😊

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  5. Hi! I’d like to share a post from my blog about an inspiring woman: a mother pea pod. Though she’s not human, she is like all women struggling to find new directions in life. Her daughter (one of the peas in her pod) has moved far away. She’s in emotional pain and is trying to understand and move on.


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  6. Thank you for introducing me to Marjory Stoneman Douglas – she seemed to be “ahead of the curve”; living a long and unique life of important work. I also love her photograph!



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