Ernesta Drinker Ballard

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Ernesta Drinker Ballard (1920 – August 11, 2005) was an American horticulturalist and feminist. Among the founders of the National Organization for Women, the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League, and Women's Way, Ballard was the executive director of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society from 1963 to 1981, credited by The New York Times with bringing its annual Philadelphia Flower Show to "international prominence."[1][2]

Women's Way annually awards the Ernesta Drinker Ballard Book Prize to a recently published female author who has helped make headway in the dialogue about women’s rights through her work. The 2012 winner was Rebecca Traister for her book Big Girls Don’t Cry.[3][4]


  1. ^ Saxon, Wolfgang (1 September 2005). "Ernesta Drinker Ballard, 85, Horticulturist and Feminist, Dies". The New York Times. Retrieved 27 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Ciarrochi, Lillian (15 August 2005). "In Memoriam: Ernesta Drinker Ballard". National Organization for Women. Retrieved 27 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "2012 Women's Way Ernesta Drinker Ballard Book Prize". 2012-10-22. Retrieved 2012-12-04. 
  4. ^ WomensWayPA. "WOMENS WAY EDB Prize Winner Honored by WPVI-TV 2012-03-16 5AM - Rebecca Traister". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-12-04. 

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