International Womenn's Day

International Women’s Day (March 8)  became a tradition in the early 1900s. It is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity (the state or condition of being equal, especially regarding status or pay). This year’s theme is #BeBoldforChange.   The following information below can be found on the IWD website:

International Women's Day

How will you #BeBoldForChange ?

Is there an area where you would like to take bold action?  The organization shares suggestions from the following categories.

   I’ll challenge bias and inequality, #BeBoldForChange and …

  • query all-male speaking panels
  • pull people up on exclusive language
  • challenge stereotypes
  • call it out when women are excluded
  • monitor the gender pay gap
  • point out bias and highlight alternatives
  • call for diverse candidate shortlists
  • embrace inclusive leadership
  • redefine the status quo

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   I’ll campaign against violence, #BeBoldForChange and …

  • educate youth about positive relationships
  • challenge those who justify perpetrators and blame victims
  • donate to groups fighting abuse
  • speak out against the silence of violence
  • be vigilant and report violence
  • campaign for the prevention of violence
  • abstain from all violence, physical and otherwise
  • volunteer your help at a local charity
  • recognize coercive control and redress it

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   I’ll forge women’s advancement, #BeBoldForChange and …

  • decide to buy from companies that support women
  • choose to work for a progressive employer for women
  • support or back a woman-owned business
  • take a junior female colleague to a major meeting or event
  • build conducive, flexible work environments
  • appoint a woman to the board
  • mentor a woman and sponsor her goals
  • invite women into situations where they’re not already present or contributing
  • measure and report on gender parity gaps and keep gender on the agenda
  • create new opportunities for women

International Women's Day

Inspiring Woman - Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman is perhaps the most well-known of all the Underground Railroad’s “conductors.” During a ten-year span she made 19 trips into the South and escorted over 300 slaves to freedom.  The Underground Railroad (UR) was not underground nor was it a railroad. It was called “underground” because of its secretive nature and “railroad” because it was an emerging form of transportation. In all of her journeys she “never lost a single passenger.”  Robert Moss wrote in his book The Dreamer’s Book of the Dead, that Harriet used her dreams and visions for guidance on her dangerous missions.  She was guided by dreams to make her own escape, and guided by visions to return to the South bring out others; her dreams showed her how to smuggle people safely past the posses and bloodhounds.Inspiring Woman - Harriet Tubman

Around 1844 she married a free black named John Tubman and took his last name. (She was born Araminta Ross; she later changed her first name to Harriet, after her mother).   During 1849, in fear that she, along with the other slaves on the plantation, was to be sold, Tubman resolved to run away. She set out one night on foot. With some assistance from a friendly white woman, Tubman was on her way. She followed the North Star by night, making her way to Pennsylvania and soon after to Philadelphia, where she found work and saved her money.  Tubman had made the perilous trip to slave country 19 times by 1860, including one especially challenging journey in which she rescued her 70-year-old parents.

Inspiring Woman - Harriet Tubman

As a modern times woman, I have so much respect and admiration for woman’s strength and determination.  Especially after reading about what health struggles she had to deal with most of her life.  When Harriet was a teenager, she found herself in between a slave who was trying to escape and his overseer. The overseer threw a two-pound weight at the man which struck Harriet in the head.  For the rest of her life, she had seizures and excruciating headaches, and would suddenly fall unconscious. When she was in her late seventies (in the 1890s), desperate to relieve her suffering, she underwent brain surgery — with no anesthesia. She bit down on a bullet, as she had seen Civil War soldiers do during amputations, and afterwards said, “He sawed open my skull, and raised it up, and now it feels more comfortable.”  There has never been a movie made to tell the story of the female called “Moses”. Hopefully, as we start receiving and spending the new $20 bills, we will think about this amazing woman and be inspired by her.

Inspiring Woman - Harriet Tubman

 WHAT WOMEN INSPIRE YOU?

 

 

“If women can be railroad workers in Russia, why can’t they fly in space?” ~ Valentina Tereshkova

Inspiring Women - Valentina Tereshokova

Valentina was born March 6, 1937, in Maslennikovo, Russia. She began work at a textile factory when she was 18, and at age 22 she made her first parachute jump under the auspices of a local aviation club. Her enthusiasm for skydiving brought her to the attention of the Soviet space program, which sought to put a woman in space in the early 1960s as a means of achieving another “space first” before the United States. As an accomplished parachutist, Tereshkova was well equipped to handle one of the most challenging procedures of a Vostok space flight: the mandatory ejection from the capsule at about 20,000 feet during reentry. In February 1962, she was selected along with three other woman parachutists and a female pilot to begin intensive training to become a cosmonaut.

During launch, Tereshkova shouted: “Hey sky, take off your hat! I’m coming to see you.”

Inspiring Women - Valentina Tereshkova

June 16, 1963, aboard Vostok 6,  26 year old, Valentina Tereshkova, becomes the first woman to travel into space. Although Tereshkova experienced both nausea and  physical discomfort for much of the flight, she orbited the earth 48 times and spent almost three days in space. With a single flight, she logged more flight time than the combined times of all American astronauts who had flown before that date. Tereshkova also maintained a flight log and took photographs of the horizon, which were later used to identify aerosol layers within the atmosphere.

“Once you’ve been in space, you appreciate how small and fragile the Earth is.”~Valentina Tereshkova

Inspiring Women - Valentina Tershkova

Tereshkova never flew in space again. She later became a test pilot and instructor and earned a doctorate in technical sciences.  She was honored with the title Hero of the Soviet Union. She received the Order of Lenin and the Gold Star Medal. She became a spokesperson for the Soviet Union and while fulfilling this role, she received the United Nations Gold Medal of Peace.  It would be almost 20 years before other women followed Valentina Tereshkova—(Seagull) in space.  Female astronauts/cosmonauts went on to become commonplace in the 1980s.   Now many women from different nationalities have worked in space.  Consider taking a moment to look up at the skies and honor the women that have gone into space, and those few that have given their lives while venturing into the unknown.  Thank you brave pioneers and adventurers representing all females across this amazing planet earth.

100 Most Important Women of the 20th Century (1998 Book)-Pioneers and Adventurers (Included Valentina Tereshkova)

Inspiring Women - Valentina Tereshkova

 

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The first day of my Crete pilgrimage, Carol Christ, Ph.D, lectured and guided the group through the Minoan Civilization Section of the Heraklion Archaeological Museum.  We were then taken to our first Minoan Ruins to visit.  Knossos was undeniably the capital of Minoan Crete.

Knossos was inhabited for several thousand years, beginning with a neolithic settlement sometime in the seventh millennium BC, and was abandoned after its destruction in 1375 BC which marked the end of Minoan civilization.  The two famous faience (glazed ceramic) Snake Goddesses were found in the Knossos Ruins.  Snake Goddess had a broader function of Universal Mother or Earth Mother and was thereby principally a fertility deity.

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The Phaistos Disc is an enigma and the most important artifact  found  in 1908, at Phaistos, the ancient Southern Crete Minoan Palace.   It is a circular clay disc inscribed with symbols stamped on both sides that are unlike any signs in any other writing system.  The disc is thought to date from around 1700 BC.  The text consists of 61 words, 16 of which are accompanied by a mysterious “slash” mark.  Currently, it has not been deciphered.

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My favorite Sacred Center was the Palace of Malia.  The site was inhabited in the Neolithic and early Minoan period (6000- 2000 BC), but very little trace remain. The first Palace was built in 1900 BC and destroyed in 1700 BC when a new Palace was built. Following the fate of the other palaces in Crete, it was also destroyed in 1450 BC and the present ruins are mainly those of the new palace. The Palace of Malia is situated on the North coast of Crete, East of Heraklion. To the south lie the Lasithi Mountains.  Little is known of the Old Palace though some finds from this period attest to its wealth.

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The Bees Pendant below is one of the most famous exhibits in the Heraklion Archaeological Museum.  It’s a very detailed representation of two bees carrying a drop of honey to their honeycomb. It was found in the Old Palace cemetery at Chrysolakkos, outside Malia Palace. Bees were very important in the Minoan, matriarchal civilization.  As a symbol of the Mother Goddess, bees represent mutual support and fertility.  The large Pitho Jar was another artifact found and is on Malia Ruins site.  These oversized jars were used for storage of foods, grains, olive oil, and possible wines.

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Walking on the grounds of these Sacred Centers was the most fulfilling feminine energy empowerment  I can truly remember. If you want to know more about the women’s Goddess Pilgrimage and the Minoan Culture, please check out www.goddessariadne.org.

 

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I was fortunate to have two days in Athens before meeting on the Island of Crete.  There were four of us pilgrimage sisters that met for the first time in Athens and traveled together to Delphi Ruins (510-323 BC), which is known for the Pythian Games or the precursors of the modern Olympics.   However, I learned Delphi was labeled the “omphalos” (navel) of the earth, or the center of the world.

Where I felt strong feminine energy was spending quiet time at the Temple Ruins of the Goddess of Athena.  To walk amongst those enormous stones, feel the space being wrapped in the womb of the mountain, was spine-thrilling.  I invite you to imagine joining me and visualize the feminine spirit, as we gaze at this photo of the amazing ruins and surrounding mountains.  You possibly can feel the heat penetrating your skin and energy rising up through the soles of your shoes.  Believe me, it did feel like we were at the navel of the center of the World.

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The trip to Delphi was a 11 hour round trip from Athens.  I only had part of the next day to visit Acropolis which fortunately was within walking distance.  My friend and I got up the next morning and was at the gate at 8 a.m.  The Parthenon served as a temple to Athena.  This was considered Sacred Grounds of Greece.  What was so moving was seeing Acropolis at night from the top of our hotel. There something so magical about this ancient city that raises above today’s Athens.

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It is impossible not to feel the energy of this magnificent ruins.

Women Empowerment-Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep has continued her battle towards achieving equal rights for women by writing a letter to every single member of Congress demanding they “stand up for equality”.  The Oscar ­winning actress’ letter urged Congress to revive the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), which was written in 1920, passed by Congress in 1972 and ratified by 35 states.  However, it fell short of the 38 needed in order for it to be enshrined in the Constitution and has lain dormant ever since.

The proposed amendment states: “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or  abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”

Women Empowerment - Meryl StreepHere is the contents of  Meryl Streep’s letter printed by the Associated Press: “I am writing to ask you to stand up for equality – for your mother, your daughter, your sister, your wife or yourself – by actively supporting the Equal Rights Amendment.  A whole new generation of women and girls are talking about equality – equal pay, equal protection from sexual assault, equal rights.”
Please all empowered women  follow Meryl Streep’s lead.  Write Congress members requesting that the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) be ratified, making it part of our Constitution honoring everyone.

FYI, the Equal Rights Amendment was passed by Congress on March 22, 1972 and sent to the states for ratification by both houses of their state legislatures.  A proposed amendment becomes part of the Constitution when approved by three-fourths (38) of the 50 states.  During the next five years, 35 states approved the amendment.  By the Congressionally imposed deadline of June 30, 1982, however, no additional states had voted yes, and the ERA fell three states short of ratification.  The 15 states that have not yet ratified the Equal Rights Amendment are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah, and Virginia.

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Women Empowerment - Madeleine Albright
I felt so compelled to share a visit to my local art museum recently.  The featured exhibit is called, Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection, featuring over 200 of her brooches.  Madeleine Albright used pins to communicate subtle diplomatic messages or express her mood, during her career in public service as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (1993-1997), and appointed first female Secretary of State (1997-2001).
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On good days, she would wear flowers, butterflies or whimsical pins like the large  zebra brooch worn on her shoulder when meeting Nelson Mandela.  Faced with difficult times, she would select from her spiders, bugs or the notorious bee pin (which many related to the well known saying “I will float like a butterfly and sting like a bee”, used often by the famous boxer Muhammad Ali.)
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Secretary Albright said, “I found that jewelry had become part of my personal diplomatic arsenal.  While President George H. W. Bush has been known for saying ‘Read my lips’, I began urging colleagues and reporters to ‘Read my pins’.” (Of note: Most of the pins are inexpensive costume jewelry that Dr. Albright picked up at flea markets or souvenir shops.)
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I hope you all get a chance to experience seeing this exhibit as it travels around the country, or check out the book, Read My Pins: Stories from A Diplomat’s Jewel Box, by Madeleine Albright, 2009.  Who knows, it might encourage some of us to dig through those hidden brooches and pins that lay hidden in our drawers….and ‘READ OUR PINS’!

Following Women Represents Courage & Strength of All Women. 

Diane Mariechild, Author of Mother Wit & Inner Dance

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May Angelou beloved  American Author, Dancer, Actress, Singer, Civil Rights Activist

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  Co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundations

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 Susan B. Anthony, American Social Reformer- Pivotal in Women’s Suffrage Movement

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Katherine Dunham, American Dancer, Choreographer, Author, Educator, Social Activist

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 Elizabeth Cady Stanton, One of our Pioneer Leaders of Woman’s Rights

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Eleanor Roosevelt, Former First Lady from 1933-1945

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 Take a moment to appreciate your own strength and courage!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday's Healing Words-Women's Empowerment

Personal empowerment is about looking at who you are and becoming more aware of yourself as a unique individual,  reflecting personal values, skills and goals. Women united together pursuing personal and spiritual growth, represent the strength of  WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT. 

Quotes from Empowered Women

Tuesday's Healing Word-Women's Empowerment

1.

“Above all,

be the heroine of your life,

not the victim.” 

~Nora Ephron (1941-2012)

2.

“The most courageous act

is still to think for yourself.

Aloud.” 

~Coco Chanel (1883-1971)

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3. 

“Risk anything!

Care no more for the opinion of others …

Do the hardest thing on earth for you.

Act for yourself. Face the truth.”

~Katherine Mansfield (1988-1923)

4. 

“We are volcanoes. When we women

offer our experiences as our truth,

all the maps change.

There are new mountains.

That’s  what I want—to hear

you erupting.  You Mt. St. Helenses

who don’t know the power in you—

If we don’t tell our truth, who will?”

~Ursula K. Le Guin (1929-

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Divine Feminine Power

Welcome to my new category Divine Feminine Power. I am going through another awakening period and it focuses on matriarchal vs patriarchal power.  Why can’t it be equal?  Most of my healing work is about balancing the masculine and feminine energy.  However, there is so much more that we as women need to do for ourselves.  From the earliest moments of life, most of us are told stories of patriarchal greatness. Subconsciously, we adopt the philosophy that the matriarchal role is of less importance and femininity is ultimately inferior. This kind of thinking binds us. It diminishes our self worth. It shackles our minds and our spirits. I invite you to release these debilitating thought patterns and beliefs and embrace ones that empower women as mothers, daughters, lovers, healers, teachers, and creators.

Divine Feminine Power

The following five healing affirmations, by Dr. Anjana Love Dixon D.DIV, helps to reflect on the wild woman that lies dormant by retrieving and unleashing your Divine Feminine Power:

  1. My body is a miracle and giving birth is a blessing. The birthing process, no matter how it plays out for me, is a testament of my strength. It is a beautiful experience that ensures the survival of our species or creative works.
  2. I am free to love fearlessly and ferociously. I am an emotional and sexual being with the natural desire to share my affection or my love for my passion.
  3. My monthly flow is a blessing. As a younger woman, I bleed from my sacred space and accept that this is a physically and spiritually cleansing process and welcome it each month.  As an older woman through with menses, I reflect upon my life and listen to my intuition monthly.
  4. My body is my own and I love it unconditionally. Every wrinkle, scar, stretch mark, and dimple on my body tells a story. Like with any story, there are parts that harbor sadness or pain, but I embrace these parts of myself as well. I understand that I write my own stories and can change them as I feel the need.
  5. I am Divine by nature. I go inward to connect with ancient wisdom for the modern woman.  I choose to honor myself as a powerful matriarchal being.

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