Gender Champions in Nuclear Policy

Breaking down gender barriers and making gender equity a working reality


The nuclear policy field deprives itself of talented experts and promotes groupthink by excluding and minimizing non-male voices.


Create a cross-cutting network that unites heads of organization across the nuclear policy community around the goal of making gender equity a working reality.


An increase in the presence and influence of women in the nuclear policy community.

Gender Champions in Nuclear Policy (GCNP) is a leadership network in nuclear policy committed to breaking down gender barriers and making gender equality a working reality. Created in 2018 by NTI’s Laura Holgate and Ploughshares Fund’s Michelle Dover, GCNP asks leaders of organizations whose mission includes nuclear policy to become “Gender Champions.”

All Gender Champions sign the Panel Parity Pledge, a commitment to avoid appearing on single-sex panels. Gender Champions also develop three commitments within the “SMARTIE” framework: Specific, Measurable, Ambitious, Relevant, Time-bound, Inclusive, and Equitable. “SMARTIE” commitments are uniquely designed to support new or ongoing work to achieve gender equality in a given organization. Among current Gender Champions, some have committed to increase by 10% the number of grants their organization gives to women-led projects; others have promised to hold annual training for gender-bias awareness. To promote transparency and accountability, all commitments and progress reports are made public on the Gender Champions in Nuclear Policy website.

Gender Champions are expected to adhere to GCNP’s values, including:

  • Treating every person with respect and fairness
  • Actively including, investing in, and valuing diverse and emergent perspectives
  • Creating and maintaining safe, inclusive workplaces free from harassment and discrimination
  • Promoting women leaders inside and outside our organizations
  • Working together with other Champions in a spirit of openness, honesty and transparency




Tested by Crisis: Gender Champions in Nuclear Policy


Tested by Crisis: Gender Champions in Nuclear Policy

Gender Champions in Nuclear Policy, a project of NTI, was successful in maintaining progress to advance gender equity during the COVID-19 pandemic, a new report released today finds.





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