Readings and Links: Climate Change and Gender

Climate Change: What’s Gender Got to Do With It? How Women are Leading us to a More Sustainable Future

 Frances Julia Riemer, PhD ~


Institute for Women’s Policy Research: 

  • The leading think tank in the United States applying quantitative and qualitative analysis of public policy through a gendered lens


  • The gateway to information and resources on the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women throughout the United Nations 

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Gender Office:

  • The global authority on the status of the natural world and the measures needed to safeguard it.  IUCN advances gender equality, including through women’s empowerment, as a Union that understands the importance of equal opportunity and inclusion, and whose policies respect diversity 

Tebtebba Foundation:

  • The Indigenous Peoples' International Centre for Policy Research and Education

WECAN Women’s Earth & Climate Action Network, International:

  • solutions based organization established to engage women worldwide in policy advocacy, on-the-ground projects, direct action, trainings, and movement building for global climate justice.

Women’s Environment and Development Organization WEDO:

  • As a global women’s advocacy organization, WEDO envisions a just world that promotes and protects human rights, gender equality and the integrity of the environment

Reading List

Susan Buckingham & Virginie Le Masson (2019). Understanding Climate Change through Gender Relations. NY: Routledge.

  • explains how gender, as a power relationship, influences climate change related strategies, and explores the additional pressures that climate change brings to uneven gender relations

 Irene Dankelman (2010). Gender and Climate Change: An Introduction. NY: Routledge/Earthscan.

  • a comprehensive introduction to the gender aspects of climate change

Nicole Detraz (2016). Gender and the Environment. NY: Polity Press.

  • examines contemporary debates around population, consumption, and security to illustrate the importance of gender

 Friends of the Earth (2015). Why Women Will Save the Planet. London: Zed Books.

  • essays by and interviews with international environmental feminist activists

Sherilyn MacGregor (2017). Routledge Handbook of Gender and Environment. NY: Routledge.

  • critical analyses of the gender dimensions of sustainable development, climate change politics, queer ecology and interspecies. 

Joane Nagel (2015). Gender and Climate Change: Impacts, Science, Policy. NY: Routledge.

  • uses a gender lens to see what has been overlooked in popular discussion, research, and policy debates concerning climate change 

Jody M. Prescott (2018). Armed Conflict, Women and Climate Change. NY: Routledge/Earthscan.

  • explores the intersection of conflict, women, and climate change 

Grace Ji-Sun Kim & Hilda P. Koster (2017). Planetary Solidarity: Global Women’s Voices on Christian Doctrine and Climate Justice. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press.

  • brings together leading Latina, womanist, Asian American, Anglican American, South American, Asian, European, and African woman theologians on the issues of doctrine, women, and climate justice