Marjory Stoneman Douglas
Women’s activist, journalist, writer, and environmentalist, Marjory was the voice behind conservation efforts to establish Everglades National Park, and the author of her influential book entitled The Everglades: River of Grass, published in 1947. In 1969 she formed Friends of the Everglades, in an effort to protect the wetlands from damaging construction programs by the U.S Army Corps of Engineers.
Her contributions to the field of environmental conservation led to the establishment of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Award in 1986, by the National Parks Conservation Association. The award honors individuals who “often must go to great lengths to advocate and fight for the protection of the National Park System.” In addition to receiving numerous awards for her work, Marjory was recognized with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, at the age of 103, for her commitment to preserving and restoring the fragile ecosystems of the Everglades, one of America’s most distinct geographical wonders.