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Why Women Will Save the Planet

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  108 ratings  ·  15 reviews

Women's empowerment is critical to environmental sustainability, isn't it? When Friends of the Earth asked this question on Facebook half of respondents said yes and half said no, with women as likely to say no as men. This collection of articles and interviews, from some of the leading lights of the environmental and feminist movements, demonstrates that achieving gender

Kindle Edition, 213 pages
Published December 1st 2015 by Zed Books (first published September 15th 2015)
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Jul 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
I initially picked up this book thinking it would be this amazing insight into the nuanced and complicated issues surrounding gender equality and climate change. In part it was, but there is a good chunk of this book that is pretty disappointing if you come into it expecting nuanced reflections and new and constructive information.

At best I found individual chapters insightful and interesting, especially those discussing very specific problems and suggesting creative and original solutions. The
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: social-justice
I'm not sure how many times I learned that women are most effected by climate change because they have provide water and fuel for cooking in most regions of the worl. But aside from this oft-repeated fact, many of the essays harped on the same concepts with just slightly different nuance. That being said there will still a couple original essays that really stood out and the overall message of this collection still resonated. The same society that treats women as invisible and their labor as uni ...more
I am a feminist and an environmentalist, so you would think that I would devour this book. Unfortunately, it was painful to get through. First, there are multiple typos which made for a distracting read. Secondly, very few of the essays actually conveyed helpful, insightful, novel information. Most of the essays repeated the same things or I felt were simply cheerleading. For example:

9 "We cannot separate out the need for gender equality from other struggles for fair, equal, and environmentally
May 10, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I appreciated this book, but I didn't love it. Like a couple others, I found some of the essays dry and struggled to read it. Technically, I didn't finish it, as I skipped several essays.

I think this is one of those books that's a really good idea, but not executed particularly well. It seems geared to a very niche market, but could have been made to suit the general public by being more careful about jargon and turning the interviews into more magazine-style essays (paraphrasing and creating a
Apr 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
"Wangari Maathai, the Kenyan environmentalist and 2004 Nobel Peace Laureate, was fond of recounting a children's story she'd been told on a visit to Japan. A huge fire breaks out in the forest, runs the tale. All the animals are transfixed and overwhelmed by the conflagration. All but a hummingbird, that is, who resolves to do something about it. She flies to the nearest stream, dips her beak into it, and drops a bead of water onto the flames. The elephant, the lion, the giraffe and the other an ...more
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
It is not that this book is bad by any means- it just falls flat. It is definitely written for those just being introduced to the idea of feminism and the environmental movement working more efficiently when hand-in-hand.

With such an amazing selection of women in this book, I was hoping for something that sparked my curiosity or lead me to think about the topic in a new way. That was not the case. I felt that the interviews were flat, the essays a bit long or somehow missing the mark, and the p
Briar Wyatt
Feb 26, 2021 rated it it was ok
Okay, my eyes glazed over quite a few of the chapters of this book for which I am simply not the target audience (miss me with women-on-boards type feminism pls). There were a few chapters I would recommend to my friends with similar ideologies though:

Diane Elson: women’s empowerment and environmental sustainability in the context of international UN agreements

Karin Nansen: the close ties between social and environmental justice

Gotelind Alber: engendering urban climate policy

Caroline Lucas:
Frances Haynes
Some bits of this were very interesting, particularly the bits related to food and land. However, many of the entries assumed capitalism as a given (the last entry is literally about women in boardrooms) just so off the mark, and many had an unhelpfully blunt understanding of gender. I think most people would find something useful in this so it might be worth picking up at a charity shop or the library and flipping through. IMO the most interesting chapters were the ones by Gotelind A ...more
May 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: april-2020
This is a great compilation of essays and interviews by women leaders and their take on women and the environment. I really enjoyed reading the majority of chapters in this book, learning about projects taking place across the globe to empower women as well as what's being done in my own country.

It's a brilliant book to discover and reaffirm why it is so important to improve equality between genders and different peoples, and how this impacts the environment.
Jun 27, 2020 rated it liked it
this book was very informative and insightful, providing multiple case studies and interesting perspectives for experts in the fields of climate change, the environment and women's empowerment. however, i would not recommend reading this chronologically, if there is a particular piece you are interesyed in reading then read that but i found myself not really looking forward to reading some of the very statistic heavy or less engaging chapters. ...more
Bridget Raye
Oct 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
I read this book for class. I struggled to connect with the writing and content. I thought this book's international approach limited its content. I felt like the book's essays and sections were not as engaging as other ecofeminist books I have read. ...more
Emily Rush
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
some of the essays were really interesting and some were so boring i skipped them entirely, i love the subject but didnt find it particularly gave me much? also theres a LOT of abbreviations and in some cases more ‘jargon’ style language which makes some parts feel less accessible
Elsa Kivinen
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Despite the clickbait-y title, this books offers a lot of in-depth content, substance and diverse view points of view to discussions on gender and sustainability nexus, which is something I think is probably the book's biggest asset.

I especially enjoyed chapter 3 on the role of women in urban planning and how women are influenced by different urban infrastructures and designs. That chapter really inspired me to rediscover my interests in Urban Studies, since it reminded me that I actually find
May 12, 2016 rated it liked it
I read this for a book club. It's quite an academic collection of essays, and can be a little repetitive. Some of the authors only touch on women's involvement in the environmental movement. But there are some some very good chapters - Caroline Lucas's stands out - as well as some nuanced analysis of the reality of how women's lives and activism interact with issues of sustainability and preservation of the environment. ...more
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