There is something truly magical when a person discovers their life-long passion at a young age. In this week’s Truly Genius Tuesday, we are exploring the butterfly effect of Patch and her love of nature.
Edith Marion Patch was born in Worcester, Massachusetts as the youngest of six children. Edith’s family moved to Minnesota when she was eight years old. Her family owned large prairie property which is where she discovered her love for nature.
The Butterfly Effect of Patch
The inspiration behind our Genius Series print came from the prize-winning essay on monarch butterflies Edith Patch wrote for an essay contest in high school. She used her prize money of $25 to purchase the scholarly Manual for the Study of Insects, written by John Henry Comstock and illustrated by Anna Botsford Comstock. As a fun twist of fate, or maybe even the butterfly effect, Patch later became colleagues and life-long friends with the Comstocks while working with John Comstock during her time at Cornell University.
For the love of bugs
Patch graduated with a degree in English from University of Minnesota and became a teacher, but soon found a love for nature, bugs and ecology and decided to pursue a career in entomology. However, as a woman, Patch found it difficult to find a job in this field. Though she was repeatedly rejected, she never gave up and eventually her persistence paid off. Patch was later offered an unpaid position teaching English and Entomology by Charles Woods of the University of Maine. She accepted simply to enter the field.
A year later, Patch was formally appointed as the Assistant Professor of Entomology at the University of Maine. There, she earned her master’s degree and she continued teaching until her retirement in 1937. In 1930, at a time when there were not many woman in her field, Patch was elected the first woman President of the Entomological Society of America.
Sharing her passion with the world
Patch had a special ability to share scientific ideas to people of all ages. She published her first children’s book – Dame Bug and Her Babies – in 1913; beginning her lifelong mission to write accurate stories that inspired curiosity in children. She believed that nature was a child’s greatest teacher and that appreciation of the natural world didn’t need to remain exclusive to the scientists.
“One of Patch’s greatest strengths was her understanding of the power of story. As a scientist, she herself was drawn to investigate nature’s ever-unfolding story,” said Mary Bird, a member of the organization Friends of Edith Patch, which is dedicated to celebrating and continuing her legacy.
The butterfly effect of Patch is still echoing today; her depth of work in Entomology and the incredible strides she made overcoming gender barriers in her field of study made a huge impact on the world. She never lost focus of sharing her passion for science and the natural world with others. We are so proud that Patch is part of our Genius Series.
Add Patch to your stash!
In honor of this inspiring genius and beautiful print, we’ve taken $2 off the following Patch cloth diapers and accessories, TODAY ONLY!
- bumGenius 4.0 cloth diapers
- bumGenius Elemental 2 cloth diapers
- bumGenius Outing Wet Bags
- Genius Series Tees
Please note: All Genius Series prints are limited edition and available only while supplies last.
Time for a giveaway!
And of course, there’s the giveaway. For a chance to win this week’s Truly Genius Tuesday Prize Pack, including a Patch bumGenius Freetime cloth diaper, bumGenius Outing Wet Bag & Genius Series Tee, tell us what your little one’s favorite insect is!
Eligible entries must be posted no later than midnight Central Time, Tuesday, April 4, 2017. U.S. residents only. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary to win. Winners will be drawn after the close of the contest and notified via email. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. We hereby release Facebook of any liability. All prizes must be claimed within 30 days of end of giveaway.