Celebrating Women's History: Performance
Scianna Hall Auditorium 1003
Free and open to the public
Fannye A. Cook was a pioneer among scientists, conservationists, and women. Miss Cook was born in 1889 in Crystal Springs, Mississippi, when women couldn’t vote, serve on juries, and were considered generally unsuited for the serious business of politics and science. Still, none of the naysayers deterred Miss Cook, and may have emboldened her. She was the driving force behind creating the Game and Fish Commission (now the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks). She founded the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, led the push to create a system of wildlife management areas and protect the Gulf of Mexico’s barrier islands, spent her life researching and teaching, and did so much more.