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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Civil Rights, Environment, Health, Public Health, Women, Womens Rights

Mission: Women’s Voices for the Earth (WVE) amplifies women’s voices to eliminate the toxic chemicals that harm our health and communities. WVE envisions a world where women lead to create a healthy environment without toxic chemicals in our workplaces, homes, and communities.

Programs: Safe cleaning products initiative is designed to reduce women's exposure to toxic chemicals by removing potentially harmful chemicals in household cleaning products and labeling all product ingredients. Our successes include:-moving the largest consumer product company on the planet, procter and gamble, to remove the carcinogen 1,4 dioxane from all of their laundry detergents (representing 70% of the u. S. Market share) through a campaign engaging nearly 100,000 women nationwide;-publishing the report and accompanying info-graphic, secret scents: how hidden fragrance allergens harm public health. Reaching over 2 million people with critical information about hidden allergy inducing ingredients in fragrances and moving simple green, clorox, and reckitt-benckiser to agree to disclose hidden allergens in fragrances;- convincing corporate giants clorox, sc johnson and son (windex), and procter and gamble (tide) to remove reproductive toxins from their products;- providing more than 50,000 individuals with critical information about the health impacts of cleaning product chemicals through five reports, resulting in more than 600 press stories and millions of people reached through news outlets such as "good morning america," the new york times, ebony, the la times, univision, and many more; and, - reaching more than 15,000 women in their homes through the creation of the green cleaning party kit, a tool to educate and activate women on toxic chemicals in cleaning products by providing recipes for nontoxic cleaning alternatives and local, state and national advocacy actions to promote safer cleaners.

safe cosmetics and healthy salons, a program that works to increase the health, safety, and rights of salon workers and consumers by reducing toxic chemical exposure in salons. Success include:- successfully advocating for the occupational safety and health administration to issue a hazard alert to salons about dangerous hair straightening products that contain formaldehyde;- organizing a congressional briefing on toxic exposures in salons to urge support for federal legislation that would result in safer salon products;- organizing three "healthy salons weeks of action" in washington, dc, bringing salon workers to d. C. To meet lawmakers and federal agency representatives to talk about the need for safe salon legislation and programs;- through our role as a co-founder and leader in the campaign for safe cosmetics, convincing johnson & johnson to reformulate all of their produces to remove a number of harmful chemicals by 2015.

safe feminine care products, a program aimed at eliminating use of toxic chemicals in feminine products. Our accomplishments to date include:- publishing the groundbreaking report, chem fatale: potential health effects of toxic chemicals in feminine care products. The report kicked off a campaign targeting tampax and always to disclose all of their ingredients and remove harmful ones. To date, we have generated over 20,000 emails and petition signatures to procter and gamble (makers of tampax and always) and the report has been downloaded nearly 15,000 times;- producing a spoof video to highlight this issue, which has been viewed more than 57,000 since its may 2014 release, reaching thousands of women with critical information about toxic chemicals in tampons and pads and encouraging them to take action (www. Womensvoices. Org/detoxthebox);- working with representative maloney (d-ny) to introduce the robin danielson act of 2014. The bill requires more research and regulation of chemicals used in feminine care products used to control menstruation like tampons, pads, cups, etc. ;- establishing a diverse advisory committee for the campaign to ensure culturally competent messaging and appropriate mediums of communication for various audiences; and- conducting product testing of always pads, finding harmful ingredients like acetone, styrene, and more.

women's voices for the earth works with businesses and organizations that believe in the power of women's voices as a means to create and uphold a less-toxic future built on honesty and trust.

Community Stories

34 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

After getting their newsletter for a couple of years, I went to a fundraiser for Women's Voices for the Earth last year and was very impressed by what I heard and the women who I met.

Women's Voices for the Earth works to reduce the toxins in products made for women, such has feminine pads and tampons, hair straighteners like the Brazilian Blowout), fragrances, and cleaning products like Swiffer. They also try to reduce toxins in nail salons in order to protect the women who work in them.

All of these could be made without toxins, which would reduce the illnesses caused by them, such as cancer, diabetes, and neurological disorders. The Toxic Substance Reform Act that was passed decades ago left a lot to be desired, and the one that replaced it this year was heavily influenced by the chemical industry, which made it impossible for states to pass laws to reduce toxins in products.

Womenn's Voices for Earth also includes women of all ethnic groups and colors, rather than just focusing on white women. They are a small, underfunded organization that do an excellent job of focusing attention on reducing toxins. This is very important to me and I think that this is an important organization.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a mom, Women's Voices for the Earth is like my big protective sister - out there making changes in a way I didn't know was possible. As an activist, Women's Voices for the Earth is my mentor, cheerleader and guide. I truly value the community and communication they offer to strengthen those with a voice, or who want to make a difference.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Women's Voices for the Earth has become the national voice in protecting women and families alike from harmful ingredients in cleaning products. Many have no idea how WVE's impact has made all of us safer, has created change through steady pressure on companies to do the right thing. Many others, including myself, have been inspired by WVE's Green Cleaning parties as a way to educate and share and more important, encourages women to come together and discuss. I would not be where I am to day in my own advocacy without the efforts that WVE has put out into our world.

Donor

Rating: 5

Women's Voices for the Earth is by far one of the best environmental health and justice organizations. I invest in this group because of the change they're able to cultivate. Their initiatives are designed the way every project should be - with energy, heart, and science.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Women's Voices for the Earth is smart, creative and gets the job done. They engage the public in innovative ways with the science to back up their actions. I love the way WVE tells a compelling story using real women's voices, and because of that they have made so much progress over the years on their corporate campaigns. I refer friends, colleagues and family members to WVE often!

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Womens Voices 10/27/2014

Erica - thanks so much for this amazing review!!! We're honored :)

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Thank you for recognizing a non profit such as Women Voices For the Earth(WVE).
When I look back, I totally see why I took the initiative to speak out and follow first on Facebook. I ask one of the staff members what I could do. They sent me an e-mail about the organization mission and accomplishments. Shout out to Cassidy Randall and all the women and Actionistas. I made my first donation and I didnt stop there I started really taking a closer look into my own experience with chemicals. Recognize
WVE is 100% committed and I like the way....
· Recognize the importance of potential hazards
· Recognize the risks associated with high-risk populations
· Provides educational information to develop understanding of avoiding potentially hazardous chemicals
· Understanding important prevention measures
· Understanding how products are marketed to target certain demographics

Thank you,
E. MILLER
Maryland

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Womens Voices 10/27/2014

What an amazing and thoughtful review!!! Thank you, thank you. And we'll pass along the shout out to Cass! :)

Client Served

Rating: 5

What a great organization! These women do astonishingly successful work with a tiny staff. I am personally impacted by their vital work every single day, as are a multitude of people everywhere. Their work includes tips for living a toxic-free lifestyle, to creating massive change in products manufactured by major corporations, and working on legislation to ensure that we can all live in a safe, toxic-free world.
I am continually impressed by their efforts, and am grateful for the incredible progress they have made. WVE is very deserving of this award.

Sally59

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am so grateful that a group like WVE exists. They are like the big sister I never had, standing up for my health and elevating the bar for public companies to be held accountable to what they put in their products. WVE also does an amazing job educating woman on how to make better choices in their life to lead a cleaner household and lifestyle. I love that they don't just spit out info, but really work on community engagement and supporting individuals to help themselves. The ladies at WVE totally rock and every ounce of their hard work reminds me that I am not alone in fighting the good fight!

GreenWomanStore.com

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I became aware of Women's Voices for the Earth while organizing our "Lean Into Green" telesummit. Their expertise and tireless advocacy on behalf of our families is effective. We carry their "No Secrets" seal on our website to inform our customers how important it is to read labels and know the chemicals that harm. WVE teaches us all: organizations, businesses, and individuals alike. We support their work and hope others will as well. WVE makes it easy to participate in change with their newsletters full of helpful information, campaign successes, and inspiring stories.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I will always love WVE! One of the amazing things about the ladies here is that they manage to be incredibly effective and professional while also being totally approachable and fun. These women are passionate about the work they do and practical in the solutions they advocate for. For being such a small organization, WVE has connections all over the place and their work should be recognized by all people concerned with public and environmental health. WVE deserves all the praise and recognition they get (and more!).

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a hardworking sincere loving group from a small city in a large state. They are tenacious and exacting in their efforts to get toxins out of our households, off our bodies, and out of our world. I am very impressed with their patient efforts to affect change in some of the largest corporations in the world. Their success rate is amazing even though it's taken years to be heard and not patronized. These women ROCK!

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Womens Voices 10/23/2014

Thank you so much!!!! What a sweet review :) I'll be sure to share with the ladies here in the office!