Our current systems of management, decision-making, politics, economic policy, foreign affairs, media (and more) have been constructed out of predominant patriarchal societies, hence the very fabric of all structures are -literally- Man-Made.
If we are to create the beautiful world we know is possible in our hearts, one thing is for sure; we must begin to enable & integrate ladies for who they truly are & how they truly feel about matters on this planet. I’m talking about influence from the real unbiased female energy, undisturbed by the male-constructed status quo.
To celebrate Women’s Equality Day: a list of some of the most badass women that were recommended to me.
Corporations Fear Her, People Love Her.
Using the seed as a symbol of hope, Vandana Shiva is leading a global movement to bring food and farming out from the control of corporations and back into the hands of farmers. Destroying Monsanto in court countless times, she has founded the Global Alliance for Seed Freedom, which unites farmers from around the world to save their seeds & preserve the precious variety that is left. She calls on individuals and grassroots communities to begin shifting society’s relationship to the earth simply by growing their own food, and calls organic farmers the best peacemakers on earth. Watch Dr. Vandana Shiva in Action.
Majora Carter first gave her inspiring talk “Greening the Ghetto” at TED in 2006. She has since gained national momentum in her approach to community development that has created miles of green spaces in her neighbourhood, the South Bronx. She powerfully articulates the links between race, poverty, and environmental issues, stating that “no community should have to deal with a disproportionate amount of environmental burdens while enjoying few environmental benefits.”
She’s launched the non-profit Sustainable South Bronx, and has gone on to become a leader and a model of hope for struggling communities.
“I entered this field because I was not satisfied with the way things were happening in my community. I believed that our dreams for the beautiful future we wanted were the right dreams for anyone, and I did not fear that others might consider us fools for having the audacity to hope.”
Starhawk wrote the classic neo-pagan book “The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess.” The book launched the Reclaiming tradition of modern Wiccans, which has made earth-centered worship accessible to everybody. Her work has made ritual, feminism, and sustainability come together in a way that draws thousands into community. Starhawk continues to publish and speak about environmental issues and has been a large part of the permaculture movement.
‘permaculture is a practical application of the belief that the earth is sacred.’
Julia Butterfly Hill
Julia Butterfly Hill is best known for living in a Redwood tree for over two years (738 days to be exact) in order to impede logging in a California forest in 1997-1999. Her act brought worldwide awareness to the problems of deforestation and inspired many to take action for the earth. She continues to teach, write, and advocate for sustainability consciousness with her organizations; What’s Your Tree and Circle of Life, as well as written the story of her activism in “The Legacy of Luna”.
Hill has become a symbol for the impact that an individual can make in defending the earth. Get a glimpse of her poise and passion here!
Patricia Gualinga has become a spokesperson in indigenous Amazonian women’s fight to protect their land. In October 2013, she helped organize and lead a march of over 100 indigenous women to Quito, Ecuador to protest the destruction of their communities. At the National Assembly of Ecuador, she called on the government to develop alternative energy and halt the oil extraction from indigenous lands. As an indigenous woman, Gualinga and her group are leaders in the shift of consciousness toward the sacredness of the earth.
“We are here for life, not only resources. We are here for our lives, yours, the entire world’s lives, and those of future generations.”
Follow, celebrate, support and encompass these brilliant women and we can begin to exist as a balanced race.
This article was inspired by pachamama.com
Featured Woman: Frances Waithe
A beautiful woman from my hometown of Montreal, Frances has been working with youth, young-adults, elderly, mentally and physically disabled in our most social-desolate parts of the city. For the last 25 years she has been a part of the rehabilitation of these parts, volunteering 100s of hours creating a better future for us all in the name of our most profound human emotion, love.
Frances co-founded DESTA, an organization specializing on youth between the ages of 18-25 who need someone to listen, converse and befriend.
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