By Lili Bastian
The relevance of gender dynamics to coastal hazards resilience might not be immediately obvious. Globally, gender-based differences in social responsibilities and access to financial and political resources make men and women vulnerable to the impacts of tsunamis, hurricanes, flooding, and sea level rise in different ways. Although the gendered nature of these multi-hazard vulnerabilities is well-documented in the context of developing areas, research on gender and coastal hazards in the United States largely focuses on hurricane impacts and flood fatalities. But considering the unique hazard challenges we’re facing in Washington, how might gender affect communities’ vulnerability— and their perceptions of impacts and adaptation choices— to slower-moving hazards like sea level rise?
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