Marjory Stoneman Douglas
A journalist for The Miami Herald, Douglas also wrote freelance for popular magazines. She produced over one hundred short stories. Her 1947 book, The Everglades: River of Grass, redefined the Everglades as a treasured river rather than swamp. Douglas's books, essays, and journalism empowered her reputation in Miami fueling her ability to fight her causes. Her work's impacts have been compared to Rachel Carson's 1962 publication, Silent Spring.
Lovingly referred to as the Grande Dame of the Everglades, she was also referred to by with other less loving names by the hostile agricultural, phosphate, and sugar interests looking to exploit Florida natural resources through corruption.
Douglas was outspoken and politically on fire for women's suffrage and civil rights. Later in life at the age of 79, she took up the cause for the Florida Everglades once again. Her life was that of a relentless reporter and fearless crusader for the preservation and restoration of South Florida natural resources. She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom for that passion. An obituary in The Independent in London read, "In the history of the American environmental movement, there have been few more remarkable figures than Marjory Stoneman Douglas."