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Climate Change, Art, and Women

Chantal Bilodeau, playwright

Playwright, Chantal Bilodeau, raises an interesting point about the large percentage of women doing creative work around climate change. While women are wildly underrepresented in climate sciences, when it comes to the crossroads of arts and climate communication, women take the lead.

I have been doing work at the intersection of arts and climate change for over a decade, and though I have no scientific data to back what I’m about to say, I have observed that women climate much more than men—that is to say, this particular intersection is overwhelmingly female. I have found this to be true again and again, whether I’m leading workshops, commissioning playwrights, or publishing essays by artists who engage with the issue. As soon as you say “arts” and “climate change” in the same sentence, the traditional male/female ratio gets reversed.

As part of the annual HowlRound series on Theatre in the Age of Climate Change series, Chantal looks at a variety of studies that explore gender and climate change. Her article, Why Do Women Climate More than Men? is well worth reading. And check out the other climate themed pieces appearing this week.


Author: Peterson Toscano

Peterson Toscano is a quirky queer Quaker concerned about Climate Change. His website is

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