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Women's Voices for the Earth

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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.

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12 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.

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!

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.