In honor of International Women's Day and Women's History Month, I have opened up about the connection between womens' voices and women's history.
You don’t need to look very far to see a trend in modern women’s leadership… In a country with unprecedented freedom, countless coaches and groups are offering classes for women to “find your voice.”
Whether you work for a company, have your own business, there is a growing desire (or pressure) to “brand” ourselves driving some of this uptick. But I have observed something much deeper than a desire for a pretty Instagram feed driving women to express themselves…
So why is it that women struggle to speak up, and yet we are so determined to be heard?
“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.” ― Coco Chanel
Language has long been revered as a pinnacle of human civilization and expression. Just take a look at this passage from the Bible, suggesting that it is synonymous with the Divine.
“In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God.” — John 1:1
And here’s where things detour, because this isn’t placing language beside just any ol’ God, this is the God — a singular - male - authority figure. With the rise of the male sky god (above), we also saw the rise of patriarchal power which placed premium value placed upon the intellect and transcending the human experience. Along with it, we also saw the eradication of female deities and our sacred connection to Earth (below), the shaming of messy, sexual, physical bodies and not coincidentally, the systemic repression of… women.
Exclusive male imagery of the Divine not only instilled an imbalance within human consciousness, it legitimized patriarchal power in the culture at large… Her passage into oblivion had happened not only historically, but also deep within the psyches and consciousness of human beings. With her disappearance came a sweeping demotion in women’s status. Concepts of female inferiority and subordination began to develop in earnest.” — Sue Monk Kidd, Dance of the Dissident Daughter
Particularly within America, the influence of our Judeo-Christian roots should not be underestimated, for we are descendants of our ancestors beliefs, myths and actions. Without inquiry, awareness and forming our own critique of history, it is difficult to understand why things are the way they are — in both our modern cultural norms and our private, inner experiences.
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And check out some of these hubs for the women’s movement in the SF Bay Area…
BODY & SOUL // practices connecting women to our deeper presence and power:
- The Body & Soul Experience is a meditation and movement ritual for women on the Second Sunday of the month in San Francisco, CA.
- On Sunday, March 12th, we are gathering to deepen our connection to ourselves, cultivate our confidence and remember how good it feels to be alive.
THE HIVERY // women-led co-working spaces empowering women in business:
- The Hivery in Mill Valley, CA is a collaborative and creative coworking space where women can pursue their work, passions, ideas and what’s next.
- On Wednesday, March 8th, they are hosting an panel + open mic night in celebration of International Women’s Day.