In the 1960's, scientist Rachel Carson opened the world's eyes to the destructive effects of pesticide use on environmental and human health. Her groundbreaking book Silent Spring blended scientific research with medical evidence to convince the public of the grave risks of using the pesticide DDT for agriculture. Rachel Carson not only succeeded in convincing the US government to ban the toxic pesticide, but she also transformed the way the world viewed chemical technologies and catalyzed the global environmental protection movement. Even beyond these accomplishments, Rachel Carson remains a symbol of female empowerment: a model for women all around the world to step up to protect the environment and make great contributions to sustainable development. This key connection between women and the environment has increasingly drawn the world's attention. The "Program of Action," passed in the United Nations 4th World Conference on Women (1995), emphasized, "The experiences and contributions of women in terms of ecological environment must be the central component of 21st century agenda. The contributions of women on environment management should be recognized and supported; otherwise, sustainable development will be an unachievable goal." This is why Eco-Women exists: to strengthen the link between women and the environment, thus advancing sustainable development, protecting families' health, and fighting environmental destruction and poverty. From rural villages to urban communities, from poor farmers to wealthy families, Eco-Women works to empower women to make healthy choices and protect the environment, thus creating a better, more sustainable future for themselves, their families, and their communities.