Research has shown that the health of females, pregnancy and childhood are much more negatively impacted by exposure to radioactivity than the health of men. Since nuclear’s inception, weapons and power supporters have engaged in a concerted, institutionalized effort to ignore and actively silence these concerns. They downplay the scientific evidence and label those who inquire about health impacts (most often women concerned for their children’s health) irrationally fearful.
As a result, society cannot correctly assess what role-- if any-- we should allow nuclear power to play in addressing climate change. Should we choose to allow nuclear power to continue, women and children will pay the highest mental and physical health price for its routine radioactive releases and catastrophic meltdowns. Their voices should count for more in the energy decisions we currently face. This panel will review the science and pseudo-science surrounding this issue as well as efforts underway at the national and international levels to account for the disproportionate health burdens the nuclear industry forces on females and early life stages, especially in under-resourced communities.