Publication Analysis of Capitalism - Gender Relations - Labour / Unions - Europe - Americas - Africa Uranium Is Also a Feminist Issue

Around the world, women are resisting the civil and military use of nuclear technology


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Canyon Uranium Mine 2013. Tusayan district. 6-11-13. IMG0473. Photo by Jackie Banks. Credit the U.S. Forest Service, Southwestern Region, Kaibab National Fores CC BY 2.0, Kaibab National Forest

Women have always and everywhere been part of the history of uranium processing and nuclear technology—as workers in uranium production, as residents in the vicinity of mines, or as victims of military and civilian nuclear disasters. Women are particularly vulnerable to the health effects of uranium production because they are twice as sensitive to radiation as men. Indigenous women suffer doubly, because uranium extraction and nuclear weapons testing takes place in large part in (formerly) colonial areas. Resistance against uranium mining and nuclear technology is supported by female doctors, physicists, and journalists all over the world, who raise awareness about the consequences, which are otherwise often whitewashed or inadequately documented. Nevertheless, women’s role in organizing the struggle against nuclear weapons and energy remains extremely underexposed.