Dad was born the year women got the right to vote--not my grandfather, Dad. Sobering, that it took so long, and that there was such push-back against it.
Half a country's population is female--capable of running households, businesses, teaching, birthing and raising children, speaking, writing--with thoughts, perspectives, and voices, different--and equal--to men's.
Recent reading brought me to The Invention of Wings, a novel by Sue Monk Kidd. Timely; based on a true story of two sisters who would change the world of their time...spilling into ours, too. Perhaps, it holds an insight into the multi-layered issues, and resistance: slavery, blacks and whites, and women.
One of the sisters, in speaking out against slavery, appealed to the churches--and to the women. She drew such crowds of women, they had to find larger venues. She also drew opposition--from the anti-slavery leaders who had hired her--because of how many women were listening, showing up, and because she connected slavery and the constrains on women of that time... I love the author's notes, where she weaves places and people and stories--what's known, what's author-added; insightful. In the story, real-life social activists and abolitionists Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, are also referenced. Like the 60s and now, many layers and stories are being looked at again and re-storied.
We have our voices. Now as much as ever, we're using them. Women's voices and words MATTER... Your voice and words MATTER.
Words of our own ...
Vivian Probst, a linguist and author, brings us our own words this month, to speak of ourselves, words not based in man words. She loves men as much as you or I do; and Singletons and Marrieds, alike, hold an independent sense of themselves as autonomous individuals, with a brain and a voice and a soul. Vivian's new novel, Tha Womun Who Forgot Who She Was, is written in a form of English she calls “WEnglish” (to balance use of gender words in English and create WEquality). Volume I, “Escaping her Dungeon of Despair” releases on August 18, 2020, the 100th anniversary of wimins’s right to vote. Follow her Facebook page for updates.
Spirituality of our own ...
"... the number one thing you can do for your health is to live joyously."
Christiane Northrup, M.D.
In my work and world, Spirituality is intimately connected to, interwoven with, Life, first. It's the feminine spirit way. As a woman, spirituality is not based in Scriptures of men; it starts in a much more personal place. It's why we find ourselves at the edges of traditions we grew up in... (READ MORE)