Gender Equality Is Necessary For Environmental Action

by Katie Aplis, Communications Intern for the Sierra Club – Lone Star Chapter and CEC Education and Outreach Team Leader

Originally published on the Sierra Club – Lone Star Chapter’s blog

“Neither the land nor women are territories of conquest.” Photo Credit: Andrea Barboza. 

As we approach the end of Women’s History Month, I wanted to reflect on the link between gender equality and environmental action.

The term ECOFEMINISM captures this link by drawing connections between the degradation and exploitation of the environment and the oppression of women, people of color, and historically marginalized communities.

The patriarchal domination of women and of nature are mutually reinforcing. Women are disproportionately affected by the effects of environmental degradation, an act most commonly carried out by men. According to the UN, women are more likely to experience poverty and when climate change induced disasters strike, 80 percent of people displaced are women. With their financial and displacement statuses they are further subjugated by the patriarchy, making them more vulnerable to future climate disasters. And so the cycle continues.

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