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Women. Power. Peace.

Empowering Women to Act Politically

Women have had the vote since 1920, but as of 2003 only two percent (2%) of all U.S. Senators and Representatives ever elected in the history of Congress have been women.

Women start the majority of new businesses

Women-owned businesses are the fastest growing segment of the U.S. economy

Women make about 80% of consumer decisions

Women are the single largest group of health care consumers

Women make the health care decisions in 3 out of 4 U.S. households

Women are the primary caregivers in American society

Women are the majority of voters

Women are more than half of the population in the United States

So Why Aren’t Women Making at Least Half of the Decisions?

“We don’t need women to lead simply because they are women, but because we are over half the population and offer incredible resources and life experiences. We are the oldest democracy in the world and should have women leading at the highest levels.”

--Susan Shaer, WAND Executive Director


Atlanta Women's Action New Directions (WAND)

Who we are:
Atlanta WAND is a local affiliate of Women's Action for New Directions, a national organization of more than 10,000 people who receive educational information, take part in actions, and support WAND's work both financially and philosophically.

We're concerned with changing the core values at the heart of decisions about resources and priorities. This unites us. We're activists, legislators, students; all ages, all races, all creeds; we're women and men.

Our Mission
WAND empowers women to act politically to reduce violence and militarism, and redirect excessive military resources toward unmet human and environmental needs.

Our History
WAND was founded in 1982 as Women's Action for Nuclear Disarmament. With the end of the cold war, we became Women's Action for New Directions, and have been dedicating our energies toward educating the public about federal budget priorities and the threat of nuclear proliferation and waste.

Our Goals are to:

  • Challenge and promote alternatives to militarism and violence as the solution to conflict.
  • Shift from a military to a civilian-based economy to address the threats to our real security, ensuring that human, economic and environmental needs are met.
  • Clean up environmental effects of nuclear weapons production as well as toxic waste at all military facilities, and prevent further contamination.
    Eliminate the testing, production, sale and use of weapons of mass destruction.
  • Prevent violence against women.
  • Increase women's political leadership to further WAND's goals.
  • Stand for nuclear non-proliferation and against the development of new nuclear weapons.

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