Harvard College Women's Center Ecofeminism Approach to Environmental Justice

Ecofeminism, also called ecological feminism, uses the basic feminist tenets of gender equality, a revaluing of non-patriarchal or nonlinear structures, and a view of the world that respects organic processes, holistic connections, and the merits of intuition and collaboration. This philosophy emphasizes the ways a patriarchal society exerts dominance over both gender-minoritized people and nature because of the associations between them. The philosophy also contends that those norms lead to an incomplete view of the world, and its practitioners advocate an alternative worldview that values the earth as sacred, recognizes humanity’s dependency on the natural world, and embraces all life as valuable.

We are now offering workshops for groups to explore their understanding of and adoption of ecofeminist philosophy in practice. Email our campus education committee for more information.