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Women Pioneers of the Louisiana Environmental Movement$
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Peggy Frankland and Susan Tucker

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781617037726

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617037726.001.0001

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“What a Few People Can Do”

“What a Few People Can Do”

Learning to Advocate for Others

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(p.85) Chapter Four “What a Few People Can Do”
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Women Pioneers of the Louisiana Environmental Movement
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Peggy Frankland

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617037726.003.0004

This chapter presents the stories of six women—Jessie Price, Gay Hanks, Mary Brasseaux, Florence Robinson, Mary Ellender, and Carol Savoy—whose environmental activism became especially difficult in the mid-1980s, when the decline of Louisiana’s oil and gas industry devastated the state’s economy. Louisiana’s political and economic climate pitted these women against individuals and companies wielding a great deal of power and not afraid to use it.

Keywords:   environmental activists, environmental activism, Jessie Price, Gay Hanks, Mary Brasseaux, Florence Robinson, Mary Ellender, Carol Savoy, oil, gas industry

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