'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 badge bears the nuclear symbol in red on yellow. The symbol for the female sex (a circle with a cross on the bottom) is printed over it in black. In the centre of both symbols is a black, clenched fist. On upper part of the badge, black text encircles the perimeter. A pin is on the back.

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