02/24/2017

Heirs and Heiresses to Ecofeminism

Seminar by Emilie Hache, February 24th, 2017

The late 70s and early 80s are characterized by the development of anti-nuclear and peace movements in the United States. As a reaction to the Three Mile Island nuclear accident in March of 1979 and to the re-launching of military programs under Reagan’s administration some women’s movements organized actions such as the spectacular Women’s Pentagon Action of 1980. These movements, which have lasted until the following decade, are made up of a diversity of women coming from pacifist movements, feminism and ecologist organizations. From their mobilization, that generally consisted in direct actions, also emerged a diversity of texts creating a parallel between the exploitation and destruction of women and nature.

Some of the actions organized – including protests, blockages and the occupation of nuclear production and research sites – lasted a few hours, others a few days and some a few months or more, which enabled women to talk, exchange ideas and readings. The women which took part in these actions came from diverse backgrounds, although most were previously politicized. Some were poets, others researchers or artists. The word “ecofeminism” emerged amongst these movements of women. It emerged, due to the historical context of the time, in a multiplicity of places, within the work and thought of a multiplicity of women.

To read an interview of Emilie Hache summarizing the arguments outlaid during the seminar at the Institut Momentum click here.