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17 Inspiring Quotes from Women in Conservation

Posted On March 10, 2017 by

It’s been quite a week! In honor of International Women’s Day, we have been sharing stories of women in conservation every day. Some of our staffers shared their experiences on our blog, and women throughout Ocean Conservancy shared photos and stories from their day-to-day work on Instagram.

We also asked to hear from you! On Wednesday, we hosted a #WomeninConservation Twitter chat, and women from all over the country joined in to talk about what inspires and challenges them in their careers.

As our week-long celebration of women in conservation draws to a close, we wanted to take a moment to share some of the powerful stories from incredible women in the field. Check out some stand-out quotes from our #WomeninConservation Twitter chat.

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Manliest Catch: The Lack of Women in Fisheries and Why Diversity Makes Us Stronger

Posted On March 9, 2017 by

In honor of International Women’s Day, we’re celebrating stand out #WomeninConservtion all week long. Here, Corey Ridings, a Policy Analyst with our Sustainable Fisheries team, reflects on the representation of women in fisheries management

Our ocean fish populations are managed in a unique system where stakeholders take a lead role in crafting management strategies. But historical patterns have resulted in significant underrepresentation of women in this process.

America’s federal fisheries are largely managed by a group of stakeholder councils that include 116 voting members across eight regions. The original vision for this system, outlined in 1976 by Congress, was bold and idealistic: directly include those with local interests and regional experience in the management process. Membership includes state managers, federal agency representatives and stakeholders nominated by state Governors and appointed by the Secretary of Commerce.

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Celebrating Alabama’s Women in Conservation

Posted On March 8, 2017 by

Author Kara Lankford and her mother Toni Lankford, one of the women who inspires her in her work. Courtesy Kara Lankford.

In honor of International Women’s Day, we’re celebrating stand out #WomeninConservtion all week long. Here, Kara Lankford, Interim Director of our Gulf Restoration Program reflects on conservation leaders in Alabama. This piece originally appeared on AL.com

Check back every day for new blogs, and don’t forget to join our Twitter chat today, March 8th, at 1 pm EST! 

I was put on the path to protect the incredible beauty and natural resources in the Gulf of Mexico by the most inspiring and influential woman in my life—my mother Toni Lankford.

On long, rambling walks in the woods, she would point out different plant species and trees and what liked to eat them. She taught me that everything plays a different role in nature and is absolutely necessary to the ecosystem, even venomous snakes!

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A Shortlist of Inspirational Women in Conservation

Posted On March 7, 2017 by

Becca with two of the women who’ve been inspiring her her whole life–her mom and sister. Courtesy Becca Robbins Gisclair.

In honor of International Women’s Day, we’re celebrating stand out #WomeninConservation all week long. Here, Becca Robbins Gisclair, Associate Director of our Arctic Programs, reflects on the women who have inspired her throughout her career. Check back every day for new blogs, and don’t forget to join our Twitter chat on Wednesday, March 8th at 1 pm EST! 

The title is a bit misleading because the list of women in conservation who inspire me is a long one. I have had the good fortune of working with a large tribe of inspiring women throughout my career in the non-profit, conservation and Alaska Native communities. In fact, throughout my life I’ve been surrounded with strong and inspiring women, including my two grandmothers, my mother and sister and countless friends.

In honor of International Women’s Day, here are a few who rise to the top of my list:

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Advice to a 10-Year-Old Scientist

Posted On March 6, 2017 by

The author as a junior scientist: writing computer programs, collecting specimens and troubleshooting equipment. Courtesy Sarah Cooley.

In honor of International Women’s Day, we’re celebrating stand out #WomeninConservation all week long. Here, Sarah Cooley, Director of our Ocean Acidification Program, writes a letter to her ten-year-old self. Check back every day for new blogs, and don’t forget to join our Twitter chat on Wednesday, March 8th at 1 pm EST! 

Dear Sarah,

I know you’re really busy with fourth grade right now, but I wanted to say “Hi!” from the future and cheer you on. You’re going to be a scientist, but I won’t tell you anything else. I don’t want to give away any of the journey! It’s a fun one. But, I will tell you that some things you’re doing now are really important for becoming me, your future self.

Keep on playing outside. All that wading in the creek behind the house in your rubber boots and looking at bugs and leaves and shiny rocks is going to leave lasting prints on your brain and your heart. Lots of grown-ups forget, or maybe never knew, how awesome the Earth is. So it’s easy for people to take clean water and air for granted. But the world needs you and your friends to remember what healthy creeks and forests and oceans look like so you can fight for them. You’ve got to stand up for nature, because it’s a lot quieter than money and fame. That’s hard work, so you’ve got to keep doing things the hard way, too. When you cross the creek on that shaky rope bridge your brother built, even though you could land in the water, it’s good practice. That’ll give you a taste for adventure, too, which will take you around the world!

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Talking #WomeninConservation for International Women’s Day

Posted On February 28, 2017 by

Calling all Twitter-savvy ocean lovers: In honor of International Women’s Day, we’re celebrating some of the fantastic females in the fields of science and conservation. Join us on Wednesday, March 8 for a Twitter chat where you can hear insights from women around the world (and contribute your own thoughts, too).

Tune in on Wednesday as we share questions throughout the day about what it’s like to be a woman in the field, and share profiles of some of our own inspiring female scientists.

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Sharing Stories of #WomeninConservation

Posted On March 14, 2016 by

Last week, some of the best and brightest women in conservation came together to discuss their experiences in the field. The Twitter chat, hosted by Ocean Conservancy in honor of International Women’s Day, emphasized the importance of encouraging young women interested in science and supporting fellow females in conservation. Dozens of participants shared stories, photos and advice about the thrills and challenges of being a woman in the industry.

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