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.


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

  • Moms Drop Truth Bombs

    Women and mothers have been protesting, advocating and leading nuclear disarmament movements and initiatives for decades, all across the globe. Ploughshares Fund is celebrating this Mother’s Day with a panel of women who are, each in her own way, trying to leave a legacy of a non-nuclearized...

    April 16, 2021 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • My First Grant: Cynthia Lazaroff

    Cynthia Lazaroff is an award-winning filmmaker and founder of NuclearWakeUpCall.Earth, a nonprofit organization dedicated to catalyzing efforts in US-Russian relations to reduce the escalating nuclear danger, and to working with people in all countries to move toward a world without nuclear...

    March 16, 2021 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • How the US and North Korea Could Sleepwalk Into a Nuclear War

    January 13th, 2018 started out like any other Saturday in Hawaii before it took a dramatic turn. At 8:07 AM, the Hawaii emergency management agency broadcast an official message to more than one million people: “Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii seek immediate shelter. This is not a...

    March 16, 2021 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Women Preventing Nuclear War

    The global theme for International Women’s Day 2021 is #ChooseToChallenge. This speaks to the core of our mission, as the very founding of Ploughshares Fund by Sally Lilienthal 40 years ago was in itself a bold choice to challenge. Today, as thousands of nuclear weapons remain in unchecked...

    March 2, 2021 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Ploughshares Fund celebrates nomination of Amb. Bonnie Jenkins to US Department of State

    Ploughshares Fund celebrates the nomination of Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins to the position of Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security. Amb. Jenkins, who joined the Ploughshares Fund Board of Directors in 2020, will step down from the board to pursue the exciting new...

    February 3, 2021 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Grantee Spotlight: Beatrice Fihn

    Beatrice Fihn is executive director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) — the coalition that worked tirelessly to promote the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. ICAN won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for its work and Beatrice accepted the prize with Setsuko...

    January 6, 2021 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Responsible Disruption

    The Ploughshares Fund Women’s Initiative held an energizing conversation via Zoom, Responsible Disruption: Women’s Participation, Perspectives and Power, Tuesday, October 20. Guest speakers were: Ambassador Laura Holgate, Mareena Robinson Snowden and Sanam Naraghi Anderlini, and the event was...

    October 21, 2020 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Banning the Bomb

    Since this recent recording, on October 24, 2020, Honduras became the 50th nation to ratify the UN Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons, triggering entry into force on January 22, 2021.

    October 7, 2020 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Towards a Feminist Foreign Policy in the US

    In May 2020, Ploughshares Fund was proud to be one of the more than 70 organizations to endorse a white paper outlining what a US feminist foreign policy might look like: Towards a Feminist Foreign...

    October 6, 2020 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Ploughshares Fund Awards Navajo Storyteller Special Grant

    Ploughshares Fund is proud to announce that Sunny Dooley, a renowned Navajo elder and storyteller, is the inaugural recipient of the Estrin Award, a grant named in honor of the late Ploughshares Fund Chair Emeritus. Through her knowledge and expertise as a storyteller, Dooley will offer creative...

    August 17, 2020 - By Ploughshares Fund