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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Womens Voices 10/27/2014
Erica - thanks so much for this amazing review!!! We're honored :)
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
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! :)
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.
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!
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.
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!).
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!
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!
Women's Voices has staff that is exceedingly professional. Their scientists and communications staff have a remarkable ability to take laboratory and published data and make it accessible to the public in a way that doesn't oversimplify the problem by using vague language such as saying 'chemicals are bad'. They truly help women understand the impact of their choices. I also appreciate that they do three things that create change without fearmongering. 1) they help people understand that health and environmental impacts of their choices, 2) they call out bad practices in companies and governments to affect change in laws and in products, and 3) they call out GOOD practices such as companies that do protect health and environment. The last step is critical to helping women take back a feeling of power to create change in their homes and it is one too often overlooked by NGOs.
Womens Voices 10/23/2014
That is such a great reflection of WVE, Kate! Thank you so much for taking the time to write. I love the 3 things you mention - and I'm glad that's coming across in our work! Looking forward to sharing this with the staff :) Keep up the awesome work, actionista!!
Women's Voices for the Earth is the one and only environmental organization that I recommend. Their courageous research and tireless advocacy has helped countless people. They bring needed light to critical issues, such as hidden and hazardous chemicals in cleaning products. Thank you for your tremendous work, WVE!
I love Women's Voices because they are so active and effective in their advocacy to help educate and protect women and children from exposure to chemicals. They are not afraid to advocate strongly and to me that is what makes them so effective. I can see the true purpose behind their work, and I have learned a lot by following them. I have called them with some questions I have had, and they always take the time to talk and share their knowledge and support.
These women do incredible work! My household products and personal care purchases are so much safer now. WVE is fighting to keep us all healthy!
WVE is a wonderful organization doing great things with a tiny staff. They have made major strides in affecting legislation and in working with major companies to ensure that the products we use are safe. Due to their outreach and education, I have completely changed with products I buy and even know how to make many of my own items for home use. It is so important to avoid toxic chemicals and it is so reassuring to know that dedicated people are working on our behalf.
WVE provides specific ideas on how to avoid chemicals & I've found their information on diy household cleaners particularly valuable. They also foster a sense of community that we as women can make a difference in the health of ourselves, children, families, & communities. It feels great to know that people are taking on challenges themselves rather than waiting for others, or governments, to take action. Good job, WVE!
I am very thankful for organizations like WVE that take so much time and effort into educating people about the dangers of chemicals. I came across their website last year and find their information not only useful but also very factual.
I had the privilege of having my body burden tested years ago and I was appalled to find out that my body holds a variety of toxic chemicals that are linked to cancer, reproductive health issues, and a host of other diseases. My body's chemical burden is a direct reflection of the toxic chemicals that we are exposed to daily through the products we use, the foods we eat, and the air we breathe.
So, I choose to give my money and my time to Women's Voices for the Earth (WVE) because they are committed to eliminating toxic chemicals that impact women's and children's health. Although this is health and environmental issue that impacts everyone, WVE emphasizes that exposure to toxic chemicals is a social and environmental justice issue. With that in mind, WVE effectively educates women and mobilizes them to raise their voices and speak out about the injustices of living in world where exposure to toxic chemicals is a daily reality.
When my son was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, an Autism Spectrum Disorder, and I began to realize that he - like many other children with ASDs - had underlying health conditions related to toxic overloads, I started searching for ways to "clean up" our home and his immediate surroundings. Searching for safer, non-toxic options for the multitude of items in our home was a little overwhelming until I found Women's Voices for the Earth. Not only did WVE have excellent reports and science to share to benefit the health of women and children (the whole family - really), they were also very open and available. When I had specific questions and needed help - they were there to help! They continue to be one of my favorite organizations helping to spread the word that the immediate environments of women & children matter and that easy-to-implement options abound. I am happy to say that my son and I are both healthier thanks to the wonderful work by the women at WVE!
I found WVE by complete accident on some blog somewhere. I visited their site and thought, 'this is one little powerhouse of an organization.' They understand that women's health is directly connected to the home--the cleaning products we use--and to our personal care products. They understand that this is not acceptable. And that women, children, men, the planet are at risk if legislation isn't changed; if consumers don't become aware of what's in all the many products we use. They shouldn't fly under radar. They get things done. I am so grateful to this organization because they're not shy about creative action-taking. I love participating in these actions. I feel like they keep track of what I don't have time to track. My health is improved because of the work they do. So is my family's. So is my planet. Yay for WVE! Yay for all of us!
It's hard to find the time to research products that are non-toxic - with WVE, the information is sent straight to me via email and Facebook posts. I was JUST thinking about sunblocks and which ones I should buy, and along comes their awesome newsletter with helpful and relevant information. Thank you WVE!
Women's Voices for the Earth is an amazing organization! They are beyond great! I have been following their work, participating in their campaigns and sending my support for several years now. From exposés on cleaning products to make-up to food can linings -- Women's Voices for the Earth is out to educate for the greater good. Their impact has been substantial -- campaign after campaign -- causing proposals for new laws (The Safe Chemical Act) as well as the establishment of grass roots groups to challenge the status quo (The Stroller Brigade, Cleaning Parties, etc.). I believe my initial contact with WVE concerned toxins in make-up and grooming supplies -- a topic I never thought much about but have since become an incredible advocate for and I am spreading the word! Thanks to WVE, I now check the toxin levels of every product that touches my body and hope we can all do the same for ourselves, our children, our grandchildren, and great-grandchildren too!
The awareness & information that WVE is spreading is vital! I'm so thankful to have them as a resource to help other women experience better health through cleaner living!! Thanks WVE!
As a founder of Seventh Generation, a company of environmental household cleaning products and personal care products and a donor to WVE, I have shared the mission of WVE in eliminating toxic chemicals from the products that come in contact with us and our families and increase the risk of cancers . Through their tireless efforts, WVE has been able to educate thousands of women on the toxic chemicals lurking in their homes and on the shelf.
Women's Voices for the Earth truly gives a much need voice to issues facing women, children and families today. We have all benefited from the strong, credible research that has come from WVE. I look to WVE for information on safe cosmetics and cleaning products to buy, and I share this information as often as I can. Thank you and please keep it up to all of the hard working people at Women's Voices for the Earth!!!
Just 4-1/2 staff members at WVE work themselves hard to create awareness and work for change. I couldn't believe my eyes the first time I entered their office and saw so few women - "Where is everyone else?!" I asked in shock. These women are creating change on a national level, and their work is reaching into other countries, as well. I carry their list of toxins with me wherever I go in order to buy the safest products, and I write to the companies they research in order to foster change. Their research is extensive, and their hard work benefits us all. Amazing! They deserve every possible accolade! I wish that more people knew how much this organization needs their donation - this is such a great cause and donation dollars are wisely used. I am so proud of the efforts of Women's Voices for the Earth!! ~ Debra
I never considered the contents of the products I used until I started having severe reactions to some of the cleaning products I was using. Women's Voices for the Earth was an amazing resource to help me navigate my way to using better products and obtaining better health. I thought that perfume free meant chemical free when it came to laundry detergent. WVftE uncovered the hidden truth about these products that I was spending so much money on. Now I make my own detergent and cleaners for a fraction of the cost, and feel safe knowing that they are safe to use in my home. I love showing my kids how to make our own cleaning products from safe ingredients and passing this info. on to instill in them how important it is to avoid having toxic chemicals in the home.
I'm a new mom and recently attended one of WVE's Green Momma parties. I learned so much about safe products for my little guy. The information was presented in a very practical and easy-to-understand manner and I left the party excited to try some environmentally-friendly methods for my home. I like that they offer both small and big changes so you could pick whatever seems best for your household. I recommend WVE's information to every parent I know.
Women's Voices for the Earth has been one of the most influential organizations in the field of environmental health for the last decade and they are unique in a couple of ways: 1. they emphasize the support and empowerment of women and 2. they provide realistic, attainable solutions that anyone can carry out, regardless of their economic or social status. The work they've done has resulted in fewer people exposed to toxic chemicals prevalent in everyday consumer products, and more women educated about how their consumer choices and activism can improve the health of their families and communities. Plus, they're some of the nicest women you've ever met.
As a new mom, I look to WVE to help inform my decisions about what products to buy that will be safe for my baby. I recently went to a green mamas party, hosted by WVE, and learned so much - including how to make my own non-toxic diaper wipes and what harmful chemicals to look for on ingediant lists. I am so grateful to WVE!
WVE helps me make decisions that keep me and my family safe. Now I know what kind of non-toxic sunscreen, makeup, and household cleaners to buy! I rely on them to provide clear, cutting-edge information on products that are safe for me, and for women everywhere. Thanks, WVE!
There is no other organization in the country that works with such a small staff on such huge issues. I'm constantly amazed by what the women of WVE get done and the positive changes they make for the safety and health of everyone, many people who don't even know they've been protected. Thanks ladies! I'm SO proud to be a part of your organization and so appreciative of all you do! --Jescy
Without WVE, I would be entirely ignorant of the toxins in my every day household and personal care products. WVE not only empowers me to make good choices as a consumer, but also to add my voice to the chorus of people who want products that are safe for their families and the environment. This is where social and environmental justice intersect, and there's no one doing it better than WVE.