How Family Planning Could Help Slow Climate Change


In the mid-1990s, I served as a Peace Corps volunteer in a village in Niger, a West African country consistently ranked as one of the poorest in the world. I lived in a mud hut, learned a local language, made lasting friendships and did interesting work. Nearly 20 years later, two memories stand out from those years: It was […]

Dolores Huerta: Still Fighting for Farmworkers’ Rights


Legendary feminist and workers’ rights activist Dolores Huerta, who cofounded the United Farm Workers union with Cesar Chavez in the 1960s, recently traveled to Washington, D.C. to sound the alarm on a common herbicide used on millions of acres of cropland in the U.S. that could be endangering the health and lives of the very […]

What Is Eco-Feminism?


Originally published on Everyday Feminism and republished here with their permission. I am writing this on Earth Day. It’s a day that many of us associate with recycling and celebrating trees, wildlife and rivers. And as a recreational tree-hugger, I can appreciate those traditional connotations of Earth Day. But today’s environmental issues run much broader […]

What You Don’t Know About These Popular Cosmetics

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In 2004, the Environmental Working Group, an environmental research and advocacy group, created a cosmetics database to log the potentially harmful chemicals found in personal-care products. Today, the Skin Deep database, which contains information on more than 70,000 products, reveals that many of the lotions and potions we put on our skin, hair and nails can […]

Fracking as a Toxic Trespass


Imagine what we mothers could do if we brought that spirit of loud, uncompromising, creative defiance to the necessary project of dismantling the fossil fuel industry and emancipating renewable energy, which is its hostage? Imagine hundreds and hundreds of mothers peacefully blockading the infrastructure projects of the fossil fuel industry, day after day. Imagine us, […]

What Does the Frankenstorm Mean for Women?


After two days of enduring Hurricane Sandy’s wrath, Americans in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions are now experiencing the aftermath of the Frankenstorm, one of the worst natural disasters this country has ever faced. Schools, businesses and mass-transit systems were shut down Monday and Tuesday, and many are closed today as well. New York City […]

Moms Speak Up for Clean Air

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I’ve spent the last nine months giving birth to a new organization, really an act of incredible team gestation, called Moms Clean Air Force. The labor took place on my kitchen table, but before I start hyperventilating I’ll leave off the birth metaphors. We are mobilizing to fight air pollution as a children’s health issue—reminding […]

Good News for Earth Day: Women Instrumental In Fighting Climate Change

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What is the connection between greenhouse gas emissions and gender inequality? Women. A new report released in late March says women are invaluable when it comes to impacting climate change. Sociologists Christina Ergas and Richard York from the University of Oregon conducted a study which found that countries with more women in political decision-making positions […]

Frances Moore Lappe’s Grand Vision: Treat Markets as Ecosystems


The latest book from environmentalist Frances Moore Lappé–author of the bestselling Diet for a Small Planet—could not have been published at a better time. As Occupy protests across the United States challenge gross economic disparities, Lappé’s EcoMind calls for a drastic rethinking of how markets should work, in a grand vision that weaves together environmental […]

Women Fight to Save Appalachia’s Last Mountain


A women’s movement is brewing in America’s heartland, and it’s not about the glass ceiling, equal pay or sexual harassment. It’s about the survival of local communities, the health of their citizens, and ultimately, the planet. The battle is taking place in Appalachia, where much of our coal is mined, shipped and burned, and where […]