founder of Plutonium Action Hiroshima, was a longtime worker for
an end to nuclear weapons and power.
See: Remembering Satomi Oba
Dorothy Day on the bombing of Hiroshima: Jubilate Deo. President
Truman was jubilant. We have created. We have created destruction.
We have created destruction. We have created a new element, called
Pluto. Nature has nothing to do with it..."
Hiroshima, Mrs. Hatsuyo Nakamura:
tailor’s widow raising three young children on her own, Mrs. Nakamura
is caring and resourceful, as well as a dedicated citizen. As Hersey
puts it, she “had long had a habit of doing as she was told.” She
and her children survive the explosion without any external physical
harm, but she and her daughter, Myeko, later come down with radiation
sickness and suffer with it for years... more
Ms. Teruko Yokoyama, hibakusha, testified as a victim of the
atomic bombing at the World
Court of Women Against War, For Peace , in Cape Town, South
Africa, March 8, 2001. The following is the text of the testimony
which Ms. Yokoyama gave at the Court. (full
"...It took us the Hibakusha, A-bomb victims, 11 years since
the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, to raise ourselves
from despair. Supported by the growing voices in Japan and all over
the world against atomic and hydrogen bombs, we were able to form
our organization Nihon Hidankyo in 1956.
Until then, most of the Hibakusha had lived quiet and solitary lives,
marginalized in the society. Many of us had to struggle to survive
and get medical treatment for our burns and injuries and to get
over the effects of radiation inflicted by the A-bombs. We suffered
from discrimination in times of marriage, in having children or
getting jobs. Because of the weak health of the Hibakusha who barely
survived, people did not want to employ them, or did not want to
marry and have children with them for fear of genetic effects. During
this period, writing about or even talking about the damage caused
by the A-bombs was prohibited by the "press code" imposed by the
United States, which then occupied Japan.
But ever since the founding of our organization, we the Hibakusha
have spoken more openly about the damage and suffering caused by
the A-bombs. We have appealed to the world to abolish nuclear weapons,
so that no one else in the world should go through the hell-like
suffering that we had experienced...
atomic bomb inflicted the worst damage on the weakest. By the end
of 1945, 140,000 people in Hiroshima and 70,000 in Nagasaki died.
65% of those killed were elderly, children and women -- all civilians..."
FOR OURSELVES: A CALL FROM THE SHADOWS
By Shea Howell, Michigan Citizen, August 14-20, 2005
"The sixtieth anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb
by the United States on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki passed
with barely a ripple. There was little public recognition of an
event that changed the world forever...
The story caused a worldwide sensation and was a public relations
fiasco for the U.S. military. The official narrative downplayed
civilian casualties and categorically dismissed Burchett's account
as "Japanese propaganda."
The military instituted a blanket ban on reporting about the effects
of the bombs. It took seven years for the first photos to surface
in Japan, and many more for the larger world to learn what happened
on those two days...
At moments when the world has been close to madness, the voices
of the survivors have rung loudly and clearly to call on our conscience
and to demand renewed commitments to peace.
It is obvious why the Bush administration is reluctant to direct
too much attention to this anniversary. It invites us to question
the control of the media by the government and the willingness of
our country to use weapons of mass destruction to kill hundreds
of thousands of people and to flatten whole cities for political
ends. It reminds everyone that we have a long and ugly history of
using deadly force and intimidation as the basis for our international
Activists Fighting Nuclear-Weapons Proliferation by Heather
Featured in the April 2005 edition of Activist Magazine
..."In the US, the women's movement to abolish nuclear weapons
unofficially began in early November 1961, when thousands of homemakers
and business women across the country left their jobs for a one-day
protest against the US-Russian nuclear weapons buildup. The so-called
Women's Strike for Peace eventually became a powerful social movement
which ultimately helped thwart NATO's proposal for a nuclear fleet.
Today, female anti-nuclear-weapons activists represent a broad spectrum
and are equally diverse in getting their message across..."
Since its foundation in 1960, the Canadian
Voice of Women for Peace/ La Voix Canadiennes des Femmes pour la
Paix has worked locally, nationally and internationally
on issues related to peace, social justice, human rights and development,
always seeking to promote a woman's and a feminist's perspective.
did American women respond to the end of World War II? What
did women from across the United States write to their husbands,
relatives and each other about the wartime use of the atomic bomb
in Hiroshima and Nagasaki? Judy Barrett Litoff, a history professor
at Bryant University in Rhode Island, and a scholar of woman and
war can offer compelling insights.
Feinstein Urges Administration Not to Open Door to New Nuclear Weapon
March 16, 2005
"...I ask that the Senate know that the development of a 100-kiloton
robust nuclear earth penetrator is simply not possible without spewing
millions of tons of radioactive material and killing large numbers
Secondly, the development of new nuclear weapons will only undermine
our anti-proliferation efforts and will make our Nation less safe,
not more safe..."
(Update: Sen. Feinstein introduced an amendment that would have
eliminated funding for the nuclear bunker buster. The amendment
was defeated, by a vote of 53-43. While this was unfortunate, it
did reveal two new opponents to the bunker buster, which was a victory.
-- August 2005, WAND, Women's Action for New Directions)
updated: 6 August 2006
women and peace menu