Rosalie Edge

About Rosalie Edge

Who is it?: Women’s Right Activist & Environmentalist
Birth Day: November 03, 1877
Died On: November 20, 1962(1962-11-20) (aged 85)
Birth Sign: Sagittarius
Known for: Founder of Hawk Mountain and Emergency Conservation Committee
Spouse(s): Charles Noel Edge

Rosalie Edge Net Worth

Rosalie Edge was bornon November 03, 1877, is Women’s Right Activist & Environmentalist. Rosalie Edge was an American women’s rights activist and environmentalist who founded the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Pennsylvania. A progressive New York socialite and dedicated suffragist, Rosalie Edge was the first American woman to achieve national acclaim as a conservationist. Born to wealthy parents in New York City, she had a privileged childhood and received a private school education. She married a wealthy British engineer, and often accompanied her husband on his work related trans-Atlantic trips, splitting her time between New York and Europe. Her life took a turn when she met Lady Rhondda, a women’s suffrage activist, during one of her voyages. Deeply moved by the interaction, Rosalie became involved in the women's suffrage movement and later upon returning to the United States, she profoundly helped in the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment of the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. Then, Rosalie turned her attention towards wildlife activism and soon found a passion for birds. She devoted herself to conservationand subsequently formed the Emergency Conservation Committee which published many pamphlets over the years to prohibit hunting. When the committee saw pictures of dying birds in the Kittatinny Mountains, she brought the concerned site and founded the ‘Hawk Mountain Sanctuary’, serving as its president until her death. Rosalie was one of the most devoted environmentalists of the 20th century and her sanctuary is still operational for conservation as well as educational and research programs.
Rosalie Edge is a member of Women's Rights Activists

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Biography/Timeline

1877

On November 3, 1877, Mabel Rosalie Barrow was born in New York City , the youngest of five surviving children of John Wylie Barrow and Harriet Bowen Woodward Barrow. John Wylie Barrow, a wealthy British importer and accountant, was a first cousin to Charles Dickens. In May 1909, 32-year-old Mabel Rosalie went to Yokohama, Japan, to marry Charles Noel Edge, a British civil Engineer. After traveling in Asia for about three years in connection with Charles's employment, the Edges returned to New York permanently. Their children Peter and Margaret were born in New York (Rosalie Edge, Hawk of Mercy).

1915

In 1915, Edge joined the Equal Franchise Society, becoming a social Activist for the first time in the women’s voting rights movement. Edge gave speeches and wrote pro-suffrage pamphlets, and later served as the secretary-treasurer of the New York State Woman Suffrage Party under Carrie Chapman Catt (Rosalie Edge, Hawk of Mercy).

1920

Edge began to take a strong interest in birdwatching in the 1920s, when she joined ornithologists and amateur Birdwatchers in Central Park. She was inspired to become a conservation Activist after reading of the slaughter of 70,000 bald eagles in the Alaskan Territory, without any protest from the leading bird protection organizations of the day. She also denounced the Common practice of appreciating birds by killing and mounting them for study, regardless of species' rarity.

1929

Prior to establishing Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Edge founded and ran the Emergency Conservation Committee (ECC) from 1929 until she died. The ECC's emphasis on the need to protect all species of birds and animals while they were Common so that they did not become rare, was a dramatic shift from the standard thinking and practice in conservation of only preserving species that had a quantifiable economic value. As a full-time volunteer environmental Activist, she also asserted that it was every person's civic duty to protect nature, working through the legislative process to achieve this. One of her first undertakings as a Conservationist Activist was to prod the National Association of Audubon Societies (now called the National Audubon Society) to take much stronger measures to protect many bird species it had previously ignored.

1931

In 1931, Edge had filed a suit against the Audubon Society to obtain its membership mailing list. A judgment in her favor gave her access to about 11,000 Audubon members who were subsequently informed about what she considered lapses in the organization's defense of birds and wildlife (Rosalie Edge, Hawk of Mercy). A bitter feud between Edge and the Audubon Society led to the resignation of its longtime President and a significant decline in membership. The break between the National Audubon Society and Edge lasted until a few weeks before her death in November 1962.

1934

In 1934, after decades of hawk and eagle slaughter on a ridge in the Appalachian Mountains in Pennsylvania, Edge unilaterally ended the annual shoot by buying the property and turning it into a sanctuary (Rosalie Edge, Hawk of Mercy). Willard Gibbs Van Name, the American Museum of Natural History Zoologist who advised her and secretly wrote her earliest ECC pamphlets, lent her $500 to obtain a lease-buy option on about 1,340 acres. In time, the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Association grew to about 2,500 acres.

1938

In addition to founding the ECC and Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Edge led the national grassroots campaigns to create Olympic National Park (1938) and Kings Canyon National Park (1940), and successfully lobbied Congress to purchase about 8,000 acres of old-growth sugar pines on the perimeter of Yosemite National Park that were to be logged. She influenced founders of The Wilderness Society, The Nature Conservancy, and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), along with other major wildlife protection and environmental organizations created during and just after the 30 years when she dominated the conservation movement. In 1960, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary provided the scientist and author Rachel Carson with significant migration data that enabled her to link the decline in the Juvenile raptor population to DDT, in her best-selling book, Silent Spring.

1978

A photocopy of her typescript autobiography was released in 1978 under the title An Implacable Widow.