Illustration of the symbol for female with a fist in the center on a red and yellow background
Feminist Resources on Energy & Ecology, Bx 6098. Teall Sta., Syracuse N.Y. 13212 copyright 1978 DONNELLY/COLT BUTTONS BOX 188 HAMPTON CT 06247
The red and yellow back ground of this button is symbolic of the internationally recognized nuclear warning symbol. The symbolism behind this button is two-fold in that it combines the anti-nuclear and feminists movements that started in the 1960s and gained increased popularity during the 1970s. Specifically, Women Against Nukes was a workgroup of the Valley Women’s Union (1973-1977), which was founded in Northampton, Massachusetts. Members of the VWU were required to agree to socialist/feminist political principles and to take part in political actions. The VWU had many workgroups which also included “Women in Prison” and “Women Against War”.