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Women's Clubs October 22, 2008

Never under estimate the power of a woman. And definitely, don't mess with a whole angry group of them! Prohibition and Audubon Societies are just two examples of by-products of women united with one common goal.

Prohibition may not have lasted, but the fascinating story of the formation of the first Audubon Society bears witness to the influence of women. Just before the turn of the century women's hats were decked out with plumes, feathers, and whole bird carcasses. (photo courtesy of Audubon Magazine) This millinery industry was the booming business driving the massacre of egrets, herons and all manner of song birds. Fortunately, a group of women in Boston were outraged by the slaughter and re-defined high fashion and the bird laden hats were declared to be in bad taste. By the late 1890's Audubon Societies combated the feather trade and a conservation movement was formed.

Today, individual women and garden clubs can make another bold move for conservation. Request Ohio native plants from your local plant nurseries and landscape designers. Supply equals demand. If we demand the native plants that feed our biodiversity, we will feed the food chain and take a step in the right direction to swing the balance back to nature in our own backyards. Bringing Nature Home is something we can all feel good about.

If you agree this this article, share it with a friend, and let's start a conservation movement of our own!

2008-10-23 03:40:00 GMT
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