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Code Pink

  • By: Mira C. Foster
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

Code Pink: Women for Peace is a political activist group founded in 2002 to protest the United States military involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq. With reference to the Bush administration's color-coded terrorist threat warnings, the group has used symbols of feminine sexuality and gender norms in its performance activism. Code Pink's campaigns are framed by both antiwar and feminist stances, though they do not exclude men. The group has expanded its mission to leftist social justice causes with multimedia products, Internet campaigns, targeted protests, travel programs, an online store, and an international network of local chapters.

Symbols of Motherhood

In addition to intrinsically associating women with mothers by stating, “Women have been the guardians of life,” they define war as a male activity and therefore its protest ...

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