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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

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

Peggy Frankland

University Press of Mississippi

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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