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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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.