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 […]

Women Demand Environmental Justice from Chevron

Women traversed the globe from as far as Ecuador, Nigeria, Colombia and Indonesia to make their voices heard today at Chevron’s annual shareholder’s meeting in California. In contrast to last year–when activists were denied the mic–22 indigenous, First Nation and other community activists spoke at the meeting, supported by 150 protesters who gathered outside. Chevron […]

Can Ecofeminist Activism Save the Planet?

Is environmentalism a feminist issue? Well, it’s hard to argue with the fact that climate change disproportionately affects poor women and children, especially in the Global South. Also, pollution and a lack of clean drinking water and sanitation services are daily issues women must combat. And that’s just a start of an answer to the […]

Women and the Gulf Oil Spill, One Year Later

One year ago today, 50 miles off the coast of Louisiana, two explosions rocked the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, which burst into flames and sent its terrified workers scattering for safety in the smoky, roaring darkness. Survivors threw themselves into burning lifeboats or jumped into the water 100 feet below. Eleven people died on April […]

A Feminist Look at a Bug’s Life

The bees are all women, Maids and the long royal lady. They have got rid of the men, The blunt, clumsy stumblers, the boors. —an excerpt from “Wintering,” by Sylvia Plath As it gets colder, I wonder about the girls I left behind at my house down south. I’m talking about the spiders, the ants, […]

Hearing Women’s Voices at the Cancun Climate Conference

In hopes of picking up where the failed 2009 Copenhagen climate conference left off, international delegates have convened in Cancun, Mexico to work on a global plan to curb greenhouse gas emissions. On the agenda are target emissions caps and a climate assistance fund for poor nations. At the same time, women’s rights advocates are […]

Great Old Broads Take on Washington

It’s not every day that a handful of women in their sixties play a game using leaf blowers and a large yellow ball on the National Mall in Washington. But such antics are par for the course for Great Old Broads for Wilderness, an organization that enjoys its environmentalism spiced with a healthy mix of hilarity. […]

SNEAK PEEK: The Women Who Won’t Abandon the Gulf

The government says that the millions of barrels of oil spilled into the Gulf are “dissipating.” But environmentalists warn about long-term effects. Does the “Mission Accomplished” rhetoric mean BP and the feds are bailing? Not if Gulf women have anything to say about it. In the current issue of Ms., Antonia Juhasz reports on the […]

Protecting Real Mama Grizzlies

During the 2008 Presidential campaign John McCain railed against “frivolous” government spending. In one television ad a voiceover announcer says “233 million for a bridge to nowhere. Outrageous… Three million to study the DNA of bears in Montana. Unbelievable…” We now know that McCain’s running mate, Sarah Palin, had a questionable relationship to that confounded […]

Women Clean Up After BP’s “Man-Made” Oil Spill

The oil and gas industry is dominated by men, but it’s mostly women who are cleaning up British Petroleum’s mess. According to Jenna Goudreau at ForbesWoman, President Obama…has dispatched women leaders like U.S. Homeland Security’s Janet Napolitano; Carol Browner, the assistant to the president for Energy and Climate Change; Dr. Jane Lubchenco, administrator of the National Oceanic […]