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History of WAND

Founded in 1982 as Women's Action for Nuclear Disarmament by Helen Caldicott in Cambridge, MA, WAND first focused on bringing women into the discussion about nuclear weapons. When the Cold War ended, we changed our name and broadened our mission to other issues affecting peace and security.

Now known as Women's Action for New Directions, WAND is a recognized United Nations NGO. Over the years, WAND developed a variety of successful programs. WAND currently consists of a 501- C3 WAND Education Fund; a 501-C4 WAND Inc. Action Center for members and chapters; WAND Political Action Committee; and the Women Legislator's Lobby (WiLL) program.

We are committed to empowering women to affect legislation on nuclear weapons, the military budget and war. WAND also continues to lend expertise to the peace and security movement, and develop relationships with organizations with similar values.

2012 marks the 30th anniversary of WAND. We are happy to share with you the Milestones of our 30 years, and look forward to continuing our work for the next 30 years!

A Brief History

by Sayre Sheldon

It was a (somewhat) different world in the early 1980s, a world that was fertile ground for organizing. WAND has its roots firmly in that time. The nuclear arms race was spiraling out of control, and the specter of a nuclear disaster was dark, real, and terrifying. Read the rest here...


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