Making Waves: Women’s Environmental Movement

Click on the map above to see how how seven inland women made a difference to the local environment.

Growth and nature collided in the Inland Empire starting in the late 1960s. As home builders scooped up more and more land to build affordable housing, pressures mounted on the local environment and quality of life. These pressures threaten to cause irrevocable damage to open space and parks, biological resources, water resources, transportation resources, cultural and social resources, and air quality as well as increase pollution. ‘Making Waves’ is the story of seven area women who made a difference in what many thought were inevitable outcomes.

‘Making Waves’ was produced by the Inlandia Institute, specifically: Marion Mitchell-Wilson, former Director; Pamela Atkinson, program coordination; Judith Auth, oral history interviews; Cherstin M. Lyon, Ph.D., project consultant, oral history interviews, videographer, video and audio editing and post-production, selection of video content for website; Douglas McCulloh, photographs; and Dawn Hassett, online content and architecture. This project was made possible with support from Cal Humanities, an independent non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information, visit