Ecofeminism: Honoring Our Sisters and Mother Earth

This exhibition explores the inception of ecofeminism in the context of the Second Wave Feminist Movement from the 1970’s to the 1980’s. Coined by French feminist Francoise d’Eaubonne in 1974, ecofeminism is a branch of feminism that examines how the oppression of women is analogous to the degradation of the earth. Women and nature have an age-old association–an affiliation that has persisted throughout culture, language, and history. Ecofeminism emphasizes that the women’s liberation movement and ecological destruction are inextricably linked, and that the only solution to end the rape of the earth is to dismantle the patriarchy and resurrect a culture of reciprocity. This curation includes formative ecofeminist theory of the Second Wave, such as Woman and Nature by Susan Griffin and Gyn/Ecology by Mary Daly both published in 1978, poetry and prose from periodicals, such as the second issue of Amazon Quarterly (1974), Heresies’s Special Environmental issue (1981), and Sinister Wisdom’s Special Native American issue (1983), and selections from the anthology This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color (1981).

— Dalilah Montesino

Woman and Nature: Interpreting Ecofeminism

Gynocide: The Murder of the Goddess

“I Walk in the History of My People”: Indigenous Women as Colonized Peoples

The Military-Industrial Complex: An Ecofeminist Lens

“Earthkeeping/Earthshaking”: The Legacy of Ecofeminism in the Second Wave Feminist Movement