Women's Initiative

To create a world where all people and the planet are safe and free from nuclear threats, it’s imperative we harness the insight and experience the entire security field has to offer by working toward greater inclusivity and representation.

Historically, the security sector has devalued the perspectives of women and other marginalized communities' populations. We need more women in the field. And when women do make it into the room, we must keep their contributions and insights—which may challenge the status quo of a system that overvalues force and threats over diplomacy and cooperation—from being discounted or ignored all together. By inviting and positioning women firmly at the peace and security table, Ploughshares Fund aims to invest in, amplify, and expand the range of perspectives addressing our world’s greatest nuclear challenges—and, as a result, expand the variety of solutions and ideas available to us.

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Latest News and Analysis on the Ploughshares Fund Women's Initiative

  • How the Navajo Suffered Thanks to America's Nuclear Weapons Build Up

    Sunny Dooley’s first brush with the atomic bomb came from her father. When she was in seventh grade, her teacher asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up. Dooley, a Navajo Diné storyteller who lives in Chi Chil Tah, a small community nestled between oak-covered hills twenty miles south...

    August 5, 2020 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Expert: If You Want North Korea to Give Up Nuclear Weapons, Start by Ending the Korean War

    Korea expert and Women Cross DMZ founder Christine Ahn believes the United States needs to dramatically reshape its strategy on North Korea in order to rein in Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program. For the last thirty years, Washington orthodoxy has held that the Kim regime must first...

    July 23, 2020 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • The Women’s Initiative: Creating Impact and Transformation

    Changing the conversation around nuclear weapons is fundamental to fulfilling the Ploughshares Fund mission. Just as important is ensuring that women’s voices are actually heard in these conversations. As a sarcastic Russian male diplomat best illustrated, when asked to explain his...

    May 15, 2020 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • The Anthropocene Pandemic

    The coronavirus pandemic is not only a public health issue, said former NASCAR driver and environmental activist Leilani Münter. It’s also a showcase for the threats posed by the strain humanity is putting on the planet. Case in point: while we still don’t know the exact source of COVID-19, we...

    May 12, 2020 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • The Consensual Straightjacket In The News

    Laicie Heeley is the author of a fantastic new article in Newsweek, a piece that illuminates and validates the critical need for the Ploughshares Fund Women’s Initiative. The article, Has the Lack of Women at the Top Helped Cripple America's Response to the Pandemic? reflects on women, decision...

    May 6, 2020 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • COVID-19, Iran and US National Security

    The pandemic has hit Iran hard, a combination of government incompetence and US sanctions that block Iran’s access to medicine and medical supplies.  “Iran is one of the epicenters for the [COVID-19] disease,” said Ariane Tabatabai, a Middle East expert and adjunct senior research fellow at...

    April 6, 2020 - By Zack Brown
  • We're All In This Together

    If there was one thing Liz Watson emphasized, it was the need for urgency. “We need ventilators. We need masks. We need personal protective equipment,” she said. Without these basic necessities, the US runs the risk of a healthcare worker shortage as those on the front lines fall prey to the...

    March 30, 2020 - By Zack Brown
  • The WiLL to Win

    The discussion began, as it often does, with the budget. Caroline Dorminey and Corey Greer joined Ploughshares Fund to talk about their efforts to shift the conversation on national security. Dorminey and Greer are with Women’s Action for a New Direction (WAND), an advocacy organization aimed at...

    March 16, 2020 - By Zack Brown
  • Cynda Collins Arsenault

    Cynda Collins Arsenault is the founder of Our Secure Future: Women Make the Difference, which is part of the opera­tion foundation, One Earth Future. She is co-founder, Board Chair and Presi­dent of Secure World Foundation, and co-founder and member of the boards of the Arsenault Family...

    March 12, 2020 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • The Diplomat's Big Win

    It started with an invitation to lunch. Ambassador Hamamoto had only just arrived in Switzerland as the United States’ representative to the United Nations in Geneva. She was still feeling out her new role when Kofi Annan, former UN secretary-general, asked to chat over a meal. “And I’ll never...

    March 9, 2020 - By Zack Brown