History & Accomplishments
In the last 5 years, WVE women from all over the country have joined together, raising our voices against toxic chemicals that harm our health. We have called for safe cleaning products, for healthy salons, for safe cosmetics, and for new laws that protect our health. Together, we have changed the face of global industries and seismically shifted policies on toxic chemicals in a breathtakingly short window of time.
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In 1995, a group of women activists joined forces to create Women’s Voices for the Earth (WVE) in Missoula, Montana. The original goal was to create a model women’s organization that would effectively address leading environmental issues while creating opportunities for women to become agents for social change.
For the first ten years of operation, WVE conducted state-based work in Montana, organizing and providing technical assistance to women fighting local polluting facilities such as pulp mills, incinerators, hard rock mines, cement kilns and large-scale pesticide spraying. Core to the mission of WVE was building strategic alliances and involving women in environmental organizing efforts and decision-making. In 2004, recognizing the unique niche of WVE in bridging the women’s movement and environmental movements, WVE expanded its work to reach women at the regional and national levels.
Today, WVE is a national organization focusing its work on eliminating toxic chemicals that may be contributors to breast cancer, birth defects, asthma, infertility, learning disabilities, children’s cancers and other illnesses. We aim to eliminate sources of toxic chemicals from consumer products, homes, workplaces, and communities.
Watch WVE’s 15th Anniversary video, 15 Years of Educating and Empowering Women!