Summary

'Women against nuclear energy' protest badge, also known as a button. Women Against Nuclear Energy was formed as an off-shoot of Campaign Against Nuclear Energy (CANE) in 1980 in Australia. Members felt like CANE’s structures were sexist and the breaking point was the moment when the trade union movement had organised an anti-uranium march on the same day as International Women's Day. This made women establish themselves in an independent structure where they felt their voices could be heard. The new organisation sought to empower and activate women outside their traditional role as carers, and to achieve this aim it was felt that the exclusion of men from the organisation was necessary. WANE aimed to educate members, work with other anti-nuclear groups, and well as to encourage direct action and civil disobedience towards the goal of achieving a nuclear-free society.

Physical Description

This is a large badge with a red nuclear symbol on a yellow background. Over the nuclear symbol is the symbol of the female sex in black. In the centre of the badge is a black, clenched fist. On the upper half, encircling the perimeter, is black text. The badge has a pin on its back.

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