Marion Stoddart, one of the founding mothers of Women Outdoors, has long inspired many members of our organization with her environmental activism, enthusiasm for adventure travel, and amazing life story. Now the world can discover Marion Stoddart through the documentary film, The Work of 1000
, honoring the life and work of this Massachusetts environmental pioneer.
Produced by Susan Edwards and scheduled for release this winter, The Work of 1000
will chronicle Marion's indefatigable campaign to clean up the Nashua River in north central Massachusetts in the 1960s. At that time, the pollution-choked Nashua River, one of the top 10 most polluted rivers in the country, flowed in eerie colors and with a biting stench from the chemicals dumped by dye manufacturers near Fitchburg.
Marion spearheaded the campaign to clean up the Nashua River and enlisted many allies at the local, state and national level in her cause. She would simply not take no for an answer in her fight to clean up the river. Her tenacious advocacy led to the complete restoration of the waterway into a healthy and vibrant river that today is a mecca for swimmers, kayakers and fishermen.
Decades after her advocacy work, Marion founded a travel adventure business, Outdoor Vacations for Women Over 40, and has led groups of women from diverse backgrounds on trips across the country and around the world to hike, kayak, cross-country ski, and partake in a host of other outdoor activities.
Marion gave the keynote speech at the 25th Annual Women Outdoors Gathering in 2004.
To learn more about Marion Stoddart and The Work of 1000
, visit www.workof1000.com