Since 2004, the Audubon Society has recognized women in conservation as leaders in the environmental world with the Rachel Carson Award.
The award recognizes a small group of women each year who have made outstanding contributions to the conservation and environmental movement locally and globally.
The award is named after the late Rachel Carson who published Silent Spring in 1962, which documented the dangers of pesticides and herbicides, showing that the use of toxic chemicals in agriculture has dire consequences for wildlife and for human health. Over 40 years later this bestseller is still regarded as the cornerstone of the modern environmental movement.
Carson was judged by Time Magazine’s millennium survey as one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th Century.
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