March is Women’s History Month
Women have been celebrated nationally since 1981 when Congress passed a law creating “Women’s History Week.” That week was celebrated in March annually until 1987 when Congress began passing “Women’s History Month.” And then finally in 1995, Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama issued annual proclamations designating March as “Women’s History Month.”
In her own words: Lorrie Otto and the fight to ban DDT
In keeping with the observance of Women’s History Month, BirdWatchingDaily magazine carried an article on Lorrie Otto this month, authored by our mutual friend Ney Tate Fraser. The national native plant educational organization Wild Ones Natural Landscapers is based on Lorrie’s philosophy. It featured the story of Lorrie’s and others’ fight to ban DDT in Lorrie’s own words. It’s a great read! If you’ve ever had the privilege to meet Lorrie, you know what I mean. Her infectious smile, her positive attitude, her determination — it’s all here in this article. Enjoy!
See also Banning DDT
About Ney Tait Fraser
Photographer and long time Wild Ones member Ney Tait Fraser authored and self-published a book titled Mending the Earth in Milwaukee. The book features stories about gardeners — all Wild Ones members — who replaced monocultures of lawn with biodiverse communities of native plants to sustain birds and other wildlife. The article published by BirdWatchingDaily features an excerpt from the chapter “Who Killed Cock Robin?”