On the occasion of International Women’s Day we are going to talk about some of the references we admire. To commemorate this day, March 8th , we find it necessary to highlight some of the heroic cases in which empowered women have undertaken great acts in the field of animal awareness and have managed to have had enough strength to change unjust situations, and therefore, change the history and the way we see and understand our furry friends today.
Jane Goodall, talking about primates
Officially, she is considered the first primate expert, she has always been committed to the fight against the illegal traffic of wild animals. She began her professional career at the age of 23 and became famous for the results of her research, which revolutionized the international scientific community. She dedicated herself to studying animals’ behavior and adaptation for 45 years, during which time her love and dedication for them led her to be able to found the Jane Goodall Institute.
To this day, Jane remains one of the best known animal activists and one of the most influential scientists in history for her work and tireless activism in pursuit of a more sustainable world.
Researcher Marian Dawkins
English biologist and professor of animal behavior at the University of Oxford. Her research has focused on animal consciousness and animal welfare, among others.
Animal consciousness is nowadays a more than accepted and assumed concept, but unfortunately, it has not always been this way. Thanks to her studies and analysis of the animal world, she came to the conclusion that animals have feelings just like humans, a concept that until Marian’s work was scientifically unknown.
Jo-Anne McArthur and Keri Cronin
Jo-Anne McArthu is a Canadian photojournalist, social educator, animal rights activist and author. She is known for her We Animals project, a photographic organization that documents human relationships with animals. Through the We Animals Humane Education program, McArthur offers presentations on human relationships with animals in educational and other settings, and through We Animals Archive, she provides photographs and other media for those working to help animals.
Jo-Anne met Keri Cronin, a professor of art history in the Visual Arts Department at Brock University, and together they created Unbound Project, a multimedia and book project that aims to «recognize and celebrate women at the forefront of animal advocacy, both in a historical and contemporary context, and to inspire our audience to do what they can to make the world a kinder and gentler place for all species.»