Women’s Voices for the Earth
Women’s Voices for the Earth (WVE) was formed by a group of visionary women leaders in Missoula, Montana in 1995. Seeing that many environmental organizations at the time failed to include women in leadership positions and did not fully recognize the systemic connections between health, class, race, and the environment, WVE sought to create a new environmental organization led by women.
Our Mission: Women’s Voices for the Earth amplifies women’s voices to eliminate the toxic chemicals that harm our health and communities.
The Story of a Healthy Future:
- Moves two of the world’s largest manufacturers of feminine care products — Procter & Gamble and Kimberly Clark — to start disclosing ingredients used in their tampons and pads.
- Releases first of its kind report, Unpacking the Fragrance Industry: Policy Failures, the Trade Secret Myth and Public Health, on the failures of the fragrance industry’s self-regulated safety program.
- Releases the info-graphic “What’s the Delay, FDA?” that juxtaposes the failure of the FDA to recall dangerous hair straightening products with bans from states and the international community.
- Releases Deep Clean: What the Cleaning Industry Should be doing to Protect Your Health a report that rates companies on ingredient transparency and the transparency of their chemical screening process.
- Convinces SC Johnson & Son to disclose all fragrance ingredients down to .09% in their products.
- Releases “Detox the Box” video to highlight toxics in feminine products.
- Works with Representative Maloney (D-NY) to introduce the Robin Danielson Feminine Hygiene Safety Act.
- Tests Procter and Gamble’s Always pads, finding hidden carcinogens, reproductive toxins and neurotoxins.
- Releases Beauty and Its Beast: Unmasking the Impacts of Toxic Chemicals on Salon Workers a report that documents the impact of exposure to toxic chemicals on salon worker health.
- Organizes the third annual Healthy Salons Week of Action in Washington DC, with salon workers, to collectively advocate for increased salon worker health, safety and rights.
- Moves Procter and Gamble to remove the carcinogen 1,4 dioxane from their laundry detergents.
- Releases Secret Scents: How Hidden Fragrance Allergens Harm Public Health, moving Simple Green, Clorox, and Reckitt-Benckiser to agree to disclose hidden allergens in fragrance.
- Releases Chem Fatale: Potential Health Effects of Toxic Chemicals in Feminine Care Products.
- Receives Women’s Empowerment Award from GreatNonprofits.
- Through the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, convinces Johnson & Johnson to phase out chemicals that can cause cancer and harm health from all of its products in 57 countries.