Photo: Are women greener?

Queen of Green teaching a workshop, to women, on making safer cosmetics. (Credit: Linda Mackie)

Happy International Women's Day!

This year, Gender Across Borders asked bloggers, writers, and humanitarian organizations to think about "Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures."

Here's my question: Are women unfairly burdened with the gargantuan task of saving the planet?

What I know about women:

  1. They donate much more to charity than men (65 per cent of David Suzuki Foundation donors are women)
  2. They manage an average of 80 cents of every dollar spent
  3. They like to share, mobilize, and lead

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"I will be forwarding the green cleaning recipes to everyone I know." Donna of Calgary

"I'll post your green tips on my office door, make a 'green board' in my office and bring it up at our next staff Birthday Party! And share this info with my circles of friends." Stacey of Ottawa

What I know about many of you (my audience):

  • Often classified as Compassionate Caretakers (PDF file)—family-focused individuals who experience many demands on money and time
  • Environmentalism is not only about carbon footprint calculation, but ensuring there are healthy and safe places for families
  • Feel strongly about Social Connectedness (PDF file) and are actively involved in community as youth group leaders, faith group volunteers and on parent-teacher school committees
  • Women represent over 60 per cent of my Facebook audience and 90 per cent of my blog subscribers (over half are moms age 35-49)

Is it then an unfair burden that women are leading—or, dragging, depending on the day— the "green" movement?

Lindsay Coulter, Queen of Green

March 8, 2012

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Apr 04, 2012
5:35 AM

I wouldn't say it's an unfair burden. But seeing as mostly men are in politics

Apr 03, 2012
3:23 PM

I prefer not to think of it as being unfairly burdened, but instead as being privileged enough to be a leader in green change. :)

Apr 03, 2012
2:44 PM

Although I am disabled, I do everything my limited budget allows to buy green and non-gmo items. I have had breast cancer twice in the past 12 years and truly believe the soup of man made chemicals in the environment is the greatest contributor to many health issues today.

Apr 03, 2012
9:53 AM

Are we "unfairly tasked" maybe. Are we doing it anyway, yes. Every small change makes a difference, and when added together big things can happen. Women tend to do things in small ways, for the good of the whole and without expectation of fanfare. Men will do things for the greater good, but generally on a grander scale and with the expectation of public glory.

Apr 02, 2012
3:35 PM

It's so important that we as women take the lead on environmental issues, for our families, and to support each other. I'm involved with an empowering women's event called Glow: A Women's Evening of Change and Celebration, on June 1, 2012, with a whole evening lined up to inspire women to live better, healthier, happier lives, including living more environmentally responsibly! I invite all women to find out more (see or Would also love to have some environmentally focused exhibitors at the event!

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