Women. Power. Peace.

Who We Are








Georgia WAND Education Fund, Inc. is an independent grassroots, woman-led organization that seeks to direct women's voices into a powerful movement for social change.

Our Mission:

Georgia WAND Education Fund's mission is to educate the public and opinion leaders about the need to reduce violence and militarism in society, and redirect excessive military spending to unmet human and environmental needs.

Our Work:

Georgia WAND Education Fund’s (GA WAND) entire program focus is devoted to progressive social change.  The chapter is recognized as a bridge-building organization and key coalition partner of the progressive community in Atlanta and the Southeast. Our chapter is well-positioned because of our coalition-building in Georgia’s political epicenter, which has the largest concentration of progressive activists and voters in the southeast. We have strong alliances with, and the respect of, civil rights leaders, labor leaders, students, people of faith, health advocates, environmental justice advocates, and women’s organizations. We have a diverse board of directors, an accomplished and dedicated advisory board, and an active supportive base of over 2,500. Our collaborative programs are designed for sustainable change, capacity building in communities and engagement in co-designed initiatives. Georgia WAND’s outreach efforts cross class, cultural, and racial boundaries. They include but are not limited to working with Concerned Black Clergy, Eco-Action, Southern Truth and Reconciliation, The Coalition for the Peoples’ Agenda, Georgia Rural Urban Summit and the Georgia Peace & Justice Coalition and southeast environmental groups working for clean air, clean water, and a carbon-free, nuclear free future.

Georgia WAND monitors activities and policy decisions that affect the Savannah River Site (SRS) and nuclear power plants. We translate technical information about nuclear weapons and waste, its effects on national security, and its environmental impacts into terms that are meaningful to our members and to the communities near nuclear facilities.  Our involvement with the international Alliance for Nuclear Accountability (ANA) and IEER (Institute for Energy and Environmental Research) over the past decade strengthens our capability to disseminate updated and detailed information in a timely fashion that can enable communities to organize and take action.

As a compliment to our environmental justice work, we maintain working relations with our peace and justice, human rights and civil rights, and more traditional environmental community partners: Church Women United, Metro Atlanta Democratic Socialists of America, Altamaha Riverkeeper, both Georgia and South Carolina Sierra Clubs and their radiation committees, the Georgia River Network, Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation, Aiken Peace, South Carolina and Georgia League of Women Voters, Georgia Organics, and Georgia STAND UP (to name a few). We have intensified our working relationships and cooperative partnerships with Friends of the Earth, other strong members of Alliance for Nuclear Accountability, and women state legislators, especially in Georgia.

Our History:

National WAND was founded in 1982 as Women's Action for Nuclear Disarmament by Helen Caldicott, long-time anti-nuclear activist and founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility. Georgia WAND, the only Georgia Southeast chapter, was established a few years later in 1984. With the end of the cold war, our name changed to Georgia Women's Action for New Directions, and we have been dedicating our energies toward educating the public about federal budget priorities and the threat of nuclear proliferation and waste. Georgia WAND has a diverse state and regional membership; weekly communications and an “alerts” network; a professional staff  and a tight working relationship with National WAND and the Women’s Legislators Lobby (WiLL).

Today, GA WAND is a grassroots and women-led organization.  And we advance environmental justice, women's leadership, equitable allotment of public resources, sustainable jobs, and peace.

Our biggest goal is to make women’s voices heard in movements against violence and militarism. And we try to get the government to lower military spending and to increase social and environmental spending.

Some of our more detailed goals are

  • Creating different ways of solving conflict that don’t need the military or violence
  • Making the government civilian-based economy instead of a military-based one
  • Cleaning up toxic waste from nuclear plants and military facilities
  • Getting rid of weapons of mass destruction and making sure that new weapons aren’t made
  • Working toward a carbon-free and nuclear-free world
  • Increasing political leadership and civic participation of frontline communities and women.

But we know we can’t do our work alone.  Make the world healthy and peaceful for everyone. Join GA WAND today!

WAND Founder, Dr. Helen Caldicott

Georgia WAND is the local chapter of a national organization that seeks to channel women's voices into a powerful movement for change.

WAND was founded as Women's Action for Nuclear Disarmament in 1982 by Helen Caldicott, long-time anti-nuclear activist and founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility. The name was later changed to Women's Action for New Directions as we broadened our mission and sought to connect the dots between excessive military spending and unmet human and environmental needs.

The two issues closest to our hearts are nuclear non-proliferation and re-writing the federal budget from the perspectives of progressive women. To these ends, Atlanta WAND organizes monthly meetings, featuring critical issues, which end with taking action. Welcome to Atlanta WAND!

Read an interview with Dr. Helen Caldicott, founder of WAND.

Our Goals:

  • To challenge and promote alternatives to militarism and violence as the solution to conflict.
  • To shift from a military to a civilian-based economy to address the threats to our real security, ensuring that human, economic and environmental needs are met.
  • To clean up environmental effects of nuclear weapons production as well as toxic waste at all military facilities, and prevent further contamination.
  • To eliminate the testing, production, sale and use of weapons of mass destruction.
  • To increase political leadership and civic participation of frontline communities and women.
  • To stand for nuclear non-proliferation and against the development of new nuclear weapons.
  • To work towards a carbon-free and nuclear-free US energy policy

Empowering Women to Act Politically:

  • Women have had the vote since 1920, but as of 2003 only 2% of all U.S. Senators and Representatives ever elected in the history of Congress have been women.
  • Women start the majority of new businesses
  • Women-owned businesses are the fastest growing segment of the U.S. economy
  • Women make about 80% of consumer decisions
  • Women are the single largest group of health care consumers
  • Women make the health care decisions in 3 out of 4 U.S. households
  • Women are the primary caregivers in American society
  • Women are the majority of voters
  • Women are more than half of the population in the United States, So Why Aren’t Women Making at Least Half of the Decisions?

National Programs

The Women Legislators' Lobby 
WiLL is a national non-partisan network of women state legislators who work together to influence federal policy and budget priorities.

WAND Education Fund
WAND Education Fund educates the public and opinion leaders about the need to reduce violence and militarism in society, and redirect excessive military spending to unmet human and environmental needs. It is a tax-deductible organization with no members.

Students Take Action for New Directions
STAND empowers young women to act politically: to vote and connect with legislators across the country; to promote peace, equality, and progressive social change. STAND offers a community of active young leaders, united in the commitment to peace and justice.

Women's Action for New Directions
WAND empowers women to act politically to reduce violence and militarism, and redirect excessive military resources toward unmet human and environmental needs.

“We don’t need women to lead simply because they are women, but because we are over half the population and offer incredible resources and life experiences. We are the oldest democracy in the world and should have women leading at the highest levels.”

--Susan Shaer, (former) WAND Executive Director

Contact Us

Georgia WAND Education Fund, Inc.

250 Georgia Avenue SE
Suite 202
Atlanta, GA 30312

404-524-5999 - phone


Georgia WAND is funded by:

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southern partners fund