Researcher crusades for policies to protect water: Dr. Deborah Swackhamer

Researcher crusades for policies to protect water: profile of Dr. Deborah Swackhamer

An Agate Original (link below) | Dr. Deborah Swackhamer

It’s March, and Deb Swackhamer recently returned to Minnesota from the Solomon Islands, where one of the highlights of a snorkeling expedition was watching “cleaning stations,” where brightly-colored tiny fish called wrasse eat parasites and dead tissue off manta rays with 20-foot wingspans. “These huge manta rays would circle around, slow down, and let the ‘cleaner fish’ clean them off, which

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Mahlagha Mallah: Mother of Iran’s Environment

Mahlagha Mallah: Mother of Iran’s Environment

Mahlagha Mallah, known as the “mother of Iran’s environment,” has devoted her life to raising awareness of environmental issues in Iran. Even on the verge of turning 100 years old, she perseveres in her efforts to protect Iran’s environment. Mallah played a role in both the 1972 founding of Iran’s Department of Environment and the 1993 founding of the Women’s Society Against Environmental Pollution. Her approach to addressing environmental issues

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Saluting Women Water Warriors

Saluting Women Water Warriors

Kayapó women bathe their children in the waters of the Xingu. Photo by Glenn Switkes.

In many parts of the world, women and girls bear a large burden of the domestic work providing water to their families and communities – collecting and carting it from wells and tanks to do the washing, cooking, cleaning, watering of animals, and growing fruits and vegetables.

Yet when it comes to decision-making around water … [more…]

A tribute to California’s ‘First Lady of Water’

Pauline L. Davis

“My jaw dropped when I pulled a carbon-copied transcript of a 1960 water committee hearing fully identifying the ‘Davis’ as Assemblyman Pauline L. Davis. A woman in the Legislature! Involved in water policy! The water committee chair, no less!”

It was, as James Brown sang in the 1960s, “a man’s, man’s, man’s world” back then – and still is, for the most part, in the world of water policy. As … [more…]