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Everyone deserves to live in a healthy and safe environment. That environment includes where you live, work, play, and pray. We reject and actively push back against racist rhetoric, actions, policies and institutional oppression that leads to state-sanctioned brutality, gun violence, and harm that again and again assaults communities of color. We are committed to working for justice and equity, and are in solidarity with social, racial, and environmental justice organizations to build community, understanding and honest dialogue to address the root causes of violence, harm and hate.

Press Releases

Women's Voices press releases. To contact WVE's Communications Director, Beth Conway, email: bethc@womensvoices.org

Press Releases

Salon Workers Expose Ugly Side of Beauty Industry to Lawmakers

Horror stories, health risks spur calls for reform For Immediate Release: July 23rd, 2012 WASHINGTON DC – This week, dozens of salon workers and advocates from all over the country will be descending upon D.C. for a day of action to raise awareness about toxic chemical exposure in the workplace. Workers will meet with lawmakers and share personal stories of the negative health impacts they have suffered as a result of working with salon products that contain toxic chemicals, including the still popular hair treatment Brazilian Blowout that was found last year to contain very high levels of the carcinogen...
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Local Organization Wins 2012 Women’s Empowerment Award

Women’s Voices for the Earth recognized for national campaigns to protect women’s health from toxic chemicals For immediate release: June 26, 2012 Contact: Erin Switalski, (406) 543-3747, erins@womensvoices.org MISSOULA – Women’s Voices for the Earth (WVE), a national women’s health organization based here in Missoula, is a recipient of the 2012 Women’s Empowerment Awards and has been named to a new list of top-rated groups by GreatNonprofits. “I’m proud that WVE is here in Montana representing influential national work on women’s health issues and toxic chemicals,” said Erin Switalski, executive director of Women’s Voices for the Earth. WVE was founded...
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House Parties Launched to Detox Homes for New Parents

Organization Women’s Voices for the Earth seeks to reduce exposure to unregulated toxic chemicals Contact: Sian Wu, swu@colehourcohen.com, 206-701-4734 Cassidy Randall, cassidyr@womensvoices.org, 406-543-3747 MISSOULA, Mont. –The national women’s health nonprofit Women’s Voices for the Earth (WVE) has come out with a fun way to get rid of toxic chemicals lurking in the home: throw a party.  The organization has been working closely with parents concerned about disconcerting news that unregulated toxic chemicals, including carcinogens, can be found in everyday personal care products, cleaners, and other common household products. As a result, WVE developed the Green Momma Party. Designed for baby...
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Tide Pressured to Reformulate After Laboratory Testing Finds Carcinogen in Tide Free & Gentle

Procter & Gamble faces lawsuit in California Date: April 13, 2011 Contact: Sian Wu, swu@colehourcohen.com, 206-262-0363 x115 Erin Switalski, erins@womensvoices.org, 406-396-6324 Rachel Sarnoff, rachel@healthychild.org, 310-820-2030 SACRAMENTO—Today an alliance of health nonprofits and nurses associations issued a public letter to executives at Procter & Gamble, in an effort to pressure the corporation to reformulate its detergents, which were found to contain actionable levels of 1,4-dioxane under California law. The State of California’s Proposition 65 classifies 1,4-dioxane as a known human carcinogen. The alliance is especially concerned about the presence of the toxic chemical in Tide Free & Gentle®, a detergent heavily...
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Nail Polishes Test Positive for Toxic Chemicals Despite Label Claims

Consumers and nail salon workers can’t trust labels, highlighting the need for meaningful regulation of cosmetics See if your favorite polish contains toxic chemicals. For Immediate Release: April 11, 2012 (Sacramento, CA) California Environmental Protection Agency’s Department of Toxic Substances Control announced yesterday that some nail care products typically found in many of California’s estimated 48,000 nail salons and sold directly to consumers contain high levels of hazardous chemicals despite their labels claiming otherwise. These chemicals, dibutyl phthalate and toluene, have been linked to birth defects, asthma and other chronic health conditions. Dibutyl phthalate was banned from cosmetics in Europe...
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Industry Influence Dominates Historic Hearing on Toxic Cosmetics

Regulatory Fight Could Turn Ugly as Congress Seeks to Overhaul Cosmetics Regulations For Immediate Release: March 28, 2012 Contact: Stacy Malkan, stacy@safecosmetics.org, 202-321-6963; Stephenie Hendricks, stephdh@earthlink.net, 415-299-9510 (Washington DC) In response to public pressure from recent scandals including mercury in face cream, lead in lipstick and formaldehyde in hair products, the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee yesterday convened the first Congressional hearing in 30 years on the safety of cosmetics and personal care products. The hearing was weighted in favor of industry, which represented four of the six witnesses who testified. No witnesses representing health impacted salon workers or...
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