Erin Brockovich: The Activist Changing History

Who Is Erin Brockovich?

Erin Brockovich is a fiery, influential, and determined environmental activist. She is most well known for her roll in raising awareness for the issue of drinking water pollution and has even had a movie made in the year 2000 about her, with her name as the title.

Early Life

Brockovich was born in Lawrence, Kansas in 1960. She was the youngest of four in a close, middle-class family. She attended Kansas State University before transferring to Miss Wade’s Fashion Merchandising College. After graduating with her associate’s degree, she moved to California and later entered and won the Miss Pacific Coast beauty pageant. She had two children with her first marriage and one more with her second marriage. After her second divorce, she was a single mother, struggling to provide for her three children.

Her Rise To Fame

Not long after her divorce, she was in a severe car accident that caused her to have neck surgery. Because of this injury, she decided to sue the other driver. Although her lawyer, Ed Masry, promised her she would win the case, she did not. This was devastating to her because at this point she was unemployed and struggling to care for her children. Out of desperation, the fierce woman went to Masry and demanded he offers her a job at his firm. Because of her forcefulness and his pitty, he agrees, and she begins working as a lawyer. While filing documents for a case, Brockovich noticed blood samples and became suspicious. After doing some further research, what she discovered changed history.

Her Famous Case

As going through some documents for a real estate case, Brockovich noticed a link between illness and drinking water. In the small town of Hinkley California, she found a connection between a rash of illness and high levels of hexavalent chromium in their drinking water. This water contamination was traced back to the PG&E compressor station in Hinkley. Once this news got out, over 600 people in the small town hired Brockovich’s firm to represent them in a case against the PG&E company. During the trial, it was confirmed that the company was well aware of this issue, but tried to cover it up. In 1986, the case was settled for $333 million. The case was the largest in United States history of its kind. Brockovich alone received $2.5 million for her part in the case.

The Erin Brockovich Movie

Brockovich’s great success caught the attention of Danny DeVito’s production company, Jersey Films. In 1995, this company bought the rights to Brockovich’s story. In 2000, they produced the movie, Erin Brockovich, telling her story. Brockovich was played by the actress Julia Roberts. This movie was a huge success, earning over $250 million and being nominated for several academy awards.

Her Life Since

In 2001, Erin Brockovich published the book Take It from Me: Life’s a Struggle, But You Can Win. The book was a huge success and became a New York Times bestseller. She also went on to host a Lifetime series called Final Justice with Erin Brockovich and a special on ABC called Challenge America with Erin Brockovich. She has even gone on to travel the world as an activist speaker, raising awareness on various environmental issues. She was also one of the primary contributors to a documentary called Last Call at the Oasis in 2012. The literature was about the impact of the depletion of the world’s water supply.

Erin Brockovich has had a significant impact in the past few decades and has raised awareness of some serious environmental issues, especially the problem and dangers of drinking water pollution. Her voice is a powerful one, and she is a significantly influential woman.

By | 2019-01-02T16:55:47+00:00 January 2nd, 2019|