This article is about the social class. For the TV episode of the same name, see Unwomen (TV Episode).
Sterile women, the unmarried, some widows, feminists, lesbians, nuns, and politically dissident women: all women who are incapable of social integration within the Republic's strict gender divisions. Gilead exiles Unwomen to "the Colonies", areas both of agricultural production and of deadly pollution. Joining them are those Handmaids who fail to bear a child after three two-year assignments.