Women and Energy in the Ruhr Area of West Germany, 1950s–1980s


Dolata brings to light some of the energy-related conflicts faced by women in West Germany between the 1950s and 1980s, and their agency in politicizing and influencing the energy transition. Women spoke out as coal dust dirtied homes and threatened their children’s health, but also when the closure of coal mines left husbands and fathers out of jobs. The author shows how the ambivalence of women is a fundamental aspect in stories of energy and the environment.

DOI: doi.org/10.5282/rcc/9071