Women's History Month Social Media Toolkit

As we celebrate the contributions of women leaders to the environmental movement, both past and present, we also acknowledge the disproportionate impact of environmental pollution and harm faced by women, particularly Black women. The work of women environmental activists—often under-resourced and invisible—is worthy of celebration not just this month but all year long.

Below you’ll find articles, resources, partner organizations and sample tweets to share this intersectional work. Join us in amplifying the impressive advocacy and programs led by our partnerships!

Climate change exacerbates existing inequalities. The communities most impacted by climate disruption are often the ones that contribute the least to the problem and contribute to the most to climate solutions. Often, that includes women and trans and gender nonconforming people.

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Women have proven to be leading the way towards more equitable and sustainable solutions to climate change. Let’s give them the support they deserve.#ClimateChangemakers #envirowomxn http://feministgreennewdeal.com/ #WomensHistoryMonth2021

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By rooting our solutions to the climate crisis in feminist and justice-centered approaches, we not only stand a better chance at addressing the climate crisis, we also disrupt and dismantle existing systems of inequality. #FemGND #envirowomxn http://feministgreennewdeal.com/ #WomensHistoryMonth

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In the face of climate disaster -- fires, drought, hurricane, flood and freeze -- many have trouble bouncing back. Women, particularly BIPOC women, face even more challenges due to existing inequities. Learn more: https://www.sierraclub.org/press-releases/2020/03/landmark-report-highlights-critical-need-for-gender-based-climate-policies-us #envirowomxn #WomensHistoryMonth

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Sierra Club’s Gender & Toxics Program is calling on government agencies and corporations to take responsibility in safeguarding and cleaning up toxic chemicals that disproportionately burden women, especially Black and Brown women. We are actively informing solutions, litigating, and supporting our grassroots-level partners.

A Women’s History Month Movie Recommendation: Radium Girls

Radium Girls tells the true story of women in the 1920s who exposed a corporate cover up and made a lasting impact on workplace health and safety.

Radium belongs to a broad class of toxic “forever chemicals” that build up in our bodies and don't break down in the environment. Although the radium-based paint used on watch dials in the film was banned in the United States in the 1960s, a number of radium-contaminated industrial sites still require cleanup today.

Watch and learn more about the Radium Girls and our campaign to #StopForeverChemicals!

Watch: Lily Tomlin Discusses Radium Girls

Actor Lily Tomlin joins TODAY’s Hoda and Jenna to talk about her storied career and producing the new film “Radium Girls.” Watch the interview.

Read: Lily Tomlin, Forever

Glamour magazine features Lily Tomlin Read the article.

Watch: Radium Girls on Netflix

When the women at a radium factory begin to fall gravely and inexplicably ill, Bessie and her co-workers set out to expose a corporate cover-up. Watch.

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Corporations go to great lengths to hide their use of toxic chemicals. But the "shopping our way out of the problem"—telling people, namely women, what not to buy—approach is flawed. It’s time the gov’t safeguard toxics & hold corporations accountable.

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As a result of government inaction, women are given shopping tips to avoid toxic chemicals and protect their children. But these tips are no replacement for corporate accountability and the government protections, which are the most equitable and effective ways to protect health.

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The impacts of toxic pollution often fall heaviest on women and children. We must make polluters pay for the mess they’ve already created, and make our government protect us by restricting the use of harmful chemicals.

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The most toxic cosmetic products are sold to Black & Brown women to uphold racist beauty norms. These include skin lighteners, hair relaxers, & body powders that contain mercury, formaldehyde & asbestos. It’s time to clean up cosmetics & protect health #ToxicTalc #WeDemandJustice

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This #WomensHistoryMonth we must call on the government to protect public health and the environment. For people most susceptible to chemical contamination-- like women of color-- we need solutions centered on phasing out and cleaning up these chemicals.

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Western lawmakers lead a movement to protect natural hair

A recent wave of legislation fights for Black women’s right to wear natural styles and have safe hair products. Read more.

Amazon pulls skin-lightening products after groups’ concerns

Amazon pulls more than a dozen skin-lightening products with dangerous mercury levels off its website after Minnesota public-health and environmental activists raised concerns. Text here Read more.

Fight Against Colorism Takes On Amazon: Beauty ‘Cannot Be One Skin Color’

After two nonprofits delivered 23,000 signatures to Amazon asking it to remove skin-bleaching products with high levels of mercury, the company listened. Read more.

Parenting 'tips' to avoid toxics aren't enough – we need action to protect our kids

The onus of protecting children from chemicals should fall on manufacturers and regulators, not parents. Read more.

The Color of Water: Clean Water Access and Reproductive Justice

The Sierra Club along with other organizations released a report that raises reproductive health issues caused by a lack of access to clean water and environmental racism.  Read more.

Factsheet: The Right to Toxic-Free Choice

Sierra Club's factsheet about the impacts of PFAS to reproduction and fertility Take a look.

The Sierra Club and Women’s Earth Alliance continue to host an annual Accelerator program for Women Grassroots Environmental Leaders. We work with women from across the United States, Guam, and Puerto Rico​ to ​scale their initiatives at the intersections of agriculture and food systems; climate justice; indigenous lifeways; renewable energy; toxics and environmental health; and water conservation. Learn more from each participant and about the dynamic program that is uplifting their work!

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Women’s leadership around the world offers diverse, critical solutions to the climate crisis, yet their work continues to be under-resourced & their bodies threatened. By investing in women-led climate initiatives, we are building a thriving, inclusive future. #WomenClimateAccel

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We need women’s leadership now more than ever. Check out our Grassroots Accelerator Program for Women’s Environmental Leadership! We work with @WomensEarthAlly to catalyze and supercharge climate initiatives of women-identified leaders around the U.S. #WomenClimateAccel

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For the past two years, the Sierra Club’s Gender Equity & Environment Program has spotlighted the leadership of women activists and leaders. Here are a few of the recent features. Please help us amplify and follow along!

In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re acknowledging some of the incredible women who are currently MAKING history by working to protect communities and the planet. We’ll be amplifying the work of these women environmental leaders all month long on our Twitter and Instagram—follow #envirowomxn for a daily feature!

Women’s Voices for the Earth: Twitter | Facebook

Black Women for Wellness: Instagram | Twitter | Facebook

Women’s Earth and Development Organization: Instagram | Twitter | Facebook

Feminist Green New Deal Coalition: Check out their website.

UNHCR, The UN Refugee Agency: Instagram | Twitter | Facebook

OxFam: Instagram | Twitter | Facebook

Women’s Earth Alliance: Instagram | Twitter | Facebook