Our theme for March is Liberation. What a powerful word and sought for state! Being a woman, I glory in the liberation of my half of the population and often marvel at how recently these things have come about in our society. Of course we have much farther to go, but as a culture we have also made great gains and for this I am grateful.
Hanna Rosin in The End of Men reports that where 100 years ago it was extremely rare for a woman to attend college, today there are more women graduates than men. For every two men who get a graduate degree this spring three women will do the same. A third of all doctors are now women and just over half of all lawyers. It was in 2009 that American women outnumbered men in the work force for the first time.
Rosin says, “As thinking and communication have come to eclipse physical strength and stamina as the keys to economic success, those societies that take advantage of all their adults, not just half of them have pulled away from the rest. The greater the power of women the greater the country’s economic success.” It appears that two engines are better than one in getting society down the road.
But there is still much work ahead. Riane Eisler in her book, The Chalice and the Blade, talks about two different ways to organize society, the partnership model, and the one that we have, the dominator model. Eisler explains that in order to have a partnership society we would have to climb down from our various ladders of hierarchy and respect each other as equals in worth and dignity. Men who have been giving orders would have to stop and learn how to listen to the stories, the needs, the valuable ideas and different ways of doing things of women. White men and women would have to do the same for our brothers and sisters of color. In a partnership society instead of raping and ravishing the earth we would all reverence it. Men and women would each come to the table with their unique abilities and strengths and put them together to make a better world for all.
In her book, The Dance of the Dissident Daughter (I highly recommend it) Sue Monk Kidd asks, “How would the world be different if our Deity was one that unified and reunited, one that was non-hierarchical and inclusive. A God or Goddess that promoted connection instead of power. I know of nothing more needed in the world just now than an image of Divine presence that affirms the importance of relationship. A Divine mother perhaps who draws all humanity into her lap and makes us into a Global family.”
May the vision of continuing liberation for all inspire us to do what is in our power to respect the rights of all our brothers and sisters and walk in love.
Janen Wright, Director of Faith Formation