In 2011, Mary Olson of Nuclear Information and Resource Service published an independent analysis of a National Academy of Sciences report which found women suffer greater harm from radiation exposure than men.

The same year, the World Health Organization published a major report on the impact of the nuclear disaster at Fukushima, Japan, which also found that girls will be disproportionately harmed by radiation.

These critical yet under-reported findings led to the creation of the Gender and Radiation Impact Project, a 501(c)3 educational and funding nonprofit that works at the intersection of public health, medicine, and public policy. We bring together top thinkers to understand the role biological sex plays in harm from radiation.

The realization that girls and women have a greater risk of cancer, disease and death from radiation exposure than do boys and men is important news. We must gain a better understanding of this difference, and ensure that society provides adequate protection, through scientifically informed regulations and practices.
— Terrence Clark, MD, Board Chair


The mission of Gender and Radiation Impact Project is to catalyze better choices for preventing unintended exposure to low level ionizing radiation and an overall reduction in harm – for everyone, but especially little girls who are most impacted by radiation exposure. 


Gender Impact and Radiation Project envisions a world where the needs of girls, women, and all stages of the life cycle are widely factored into health regulations and safety procedures. We also seek a future where all people are fully informed with the knowledge to better protect themselves and where:

  • Leaders at every level of education and training – from medical and technical to industrial and laboratory – re-think radiation impacts and take necessary precautions to protect everyone

  • Legislators, licensing agencies, and regulators proactively support policies for harm reduction

  • National and global energy and security decisions will choose non-nuclear, non-radiological options to preserve the health and viability of future generations

  • Parents and doctors better protect those most vulnerable to radiation, particularly young girls and their future children



The Gender and Radiation Impact Project builds strategic alliances with public health agencies, women’s groups, and medical professionals to address this issue with the goal, at the very least, of a federal warning that gender and age are significant factors in risk of cancer from ionizing radiation exposure.

By raising seed funding for post-doctoral fellows and graduate students to work under outstanding leaders in science, medicine, policy, and communications, we are building a network of leaders ready to carry forward the mission of life cycle protection.