Sylvia Earle, Marine Biologist, Explorer, Author, and Lecturer. She was the first woman to be a female chief scientist of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Dr. Earle is currently a National Geographic explorer-in-residence.
"My mother was known as the bird lady in the neighborhood—she'd take in injured birds, squirrels, frogs, turtles…whatever needed help. She was there to restore them to health and return them back to the wild. We always had some type of creature recuperating in our household. There was a moment when I thought I wanted to be a veterinarian, something with plants and animals. I didn't know what to call it, but I really wanted to be a scientist. I wanted to be an ecologist before there was a word to describe it.”
“It's a special pleasure to see a young woman come along and be an engineer holding her head up and shoulders back with the guys, or to see women as captains of ships, chief scientists on expeditions and having people not pay much attention to the fact, like, 'Oh, it's a woman doing that!' It just has to be kind of a big deal. Headlines like 'Sylvia Sails Away with 70 Men.' Women were known as aqua-babes, aqua-naughties, or aqua-belles. The guys were just aquanauts. They weren't called aqua-hunks.”
"Become as educated as you can personally—take advantage of the new means of learning and fall in love with books.”
Elle, Photograph via YouTube