How Ecofeminism Works

Furthering Ecofeminism

Future ecofeminists can study the subject at Harvard University and a range of other academic institutions.
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The study of ecofeminism started informally at conferences in the U.S., U.K. and Germany and though grassroots efforts in India and Africa. Today, courses and programs on ecofeminism are taught at universities and colleges worldwide. Here are a few:

  • Athabasca University in Canada
  • Bucknell University
  • Colorado College
  • Harvard University
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Northland College
  • Oregon State
  • San Francisco State University
  • University of North West Texas
  • University of Toronto

Two instructors at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth taught a course on ecofeminism and published their experience in an article titled "Breaking boundaries: ecofeminism in the classroom." Catherine Villanueva Gardner's and Jeannette E. Riley's course was listed as "Ecofeminism: Theory and Practice" and set out to define ecofeminism and teach various ecofeminist approaches to both local and global women's issues. In tandem with teaching the theory and practice of ecofeminism, Gardner and Riley also intended for the course to "enable students to see themselves as citizens who must engage responsibly with complex social issues" [source: Gardner and Riley]. The educational approach to ecofeminism not only enlightens students to the theories and practices of the movement, but also helps enlist new ecofeminists to the cause.


You can always read up on ecofeminism outside of the classroom, too, by checking out works from authors such as Rachel Carson, Petra Kelly, Mary Melllor, Wangari Muta Maathai, Mary Mies, Val Plumwood and many others. 

To learn more about ecofeminism and environmentalism in general, dive into the links below.

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  • Center for Health, Environment & Justice.
  • Gardner, Catherine Villanueva, and Jeannette E. Riley. "Breaking boundaries: ecofeminism in the classroom." Radical Teacher 78 (Spring 2007): 24 (10). General Onefile. Gale.
  • The Greenbelt Movement
  • The life and legacy of Rachel Carson.
  • Mellor, Mary. "Feminism and Ecology." Washington Square, N.Y.: New York University Press, 1997.
  • Navdanya.
  • Ress, Mary Judith. "Ecofeminism in Latin America." Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 2006.
  • Sturgeon, Noël. "Ecofeminist natures: race, gender, feminist theory, and political action." New York: Routledge, 1997.
  • "Wangari Maathai."
  • Warren, Karen. Ecofeminist philosophy: a western perspective on what it is and why it matters. Lanham, Md. Rowman & Littlefield, 2000.