Visionary Women: How Rachel Carson, Jane Jacobs, Jane Goodall, And Alice Waters Changed Our World by Andrea BarnetVisionary Women: How Rachel Carson, Jane Jacobs, Jane Goodall, And Alice Waters Changed Our World by Andrea Barnet

Visionary Women: How Rachel Carson, Jane Jacobs, Jane Goodall, And Alice Waters Changed Our World

byAndrea Barnet

Hardcover | March 13, 2018

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Four influential women we thought we knew well—Jane Jacobs, Rachel Carson, Jane Goodall, and Alice Waters—and how they spearheaded the modern progressive movement

This is the story of four visionaries who profoundly shaped the world we live in today. Together, these women—linked not by friendship or field, but by their choice to break with convention—showed what one person speaking truth to power can do. Jane Jacobs fought for livable cities and strong communities; Rachel Carson warned us about poisoning the environment; Jane Goodall demonstrated the indelible kinship between humans and animals; and Alice Waters urged us to reconsider what and how we eat. 

With a keen eye for historical detail, Andrea Barnet traces the arc of each woman’s career and explores how their work collectively changed the course of history. While they hailed from different generations, Carson, Jacobs, Goodall, and Waters found their voices in the early sixties. At a time of enormous upheaval, all four stood as bulwarks against 1950s corporate culture and its war on nature. Consummate outsiders, each prevailed against powerful and mostly male adversaries while also anticipating the disaffections of the emerging counterculture.

All told, their efforts ignited a transformative progressive movement while offering people a new way to think about the world and a more positive way of living in it. 

 

Title:Visionary Women: How Rachel Carson, Jane Jacobs, Jane Goodall, And Alice Waters Changed Our WorldFormat:HardcoverDimensions:528 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.34 inPublished:March 13, 2018Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062310720

ISBN - 13:9780062310729

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from So interesting ! Amazing read, the ideas and theories of these women resonate even more today. The authour neatly brings together the intersecting and converging ideas of all four women and their continued impact. Even though Carson,Jacobs and Goodall were disparaged and dismissed due to their gender they bravely stood their ground and continued fighting for what they knew to be truth. Each woman looked beyond the now to the future and what that meant for our children. Rachel Carson's work of all four speaks to me the most.
Date published: 2018-07-06

Editorial Reviews

“These four remarkable women pioneered practices that have collectively come to shape the world we live in. At a moment in history that will likely be remembered for the hard-won consequences of revelatory truths, Barnet’s magnificent book is a stunning reminder that women are extraordinary—and character is everything.”