Parthenon of Banned Books – The Good News Wins

'Parthenon' made of books built at site of Nazi book burningEvents of the world take turns toward the good in abundance. A Parthenon of Banned Books and the good news wins again!

The news of an art exhibit showcasing books banned by nazis built in exactly the place where nazis burned the same books, and with exactly the same dimensions as the Parthenon, is very good news in deed for Germans and the world.

We are consistently amazed at how creative today’s artists and activists are in their responses to political affairs, past, present and future. Young feminists carrying their rape soaked mattress to class because the perpetrator is still on campus unpunished. Black Lives Matter founders and activists standing up daily speaking truth to power.

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Greenpeace activists, one woman was 60 years old, raised a 300′ RESIST banner over te Whitehouse.

Activists hanging a “RESIST” sign above the white house days after the recent presidential election. Food activists producing documentaries to educate us all on what goes on behind the scenes of our food industry. Global scientists and health educators gathering in all sorts of ways to educate us about glyphosate/RoundUp and the health and environmental harm of the past three decades.

2017 world environment day : connecting humans with natureThe United Nations’ 2017 World Environment Day is dedicated to “Connecting People to Nature.” The modern coming together of science and religion, or spirituality, is making evident the connection between humans and nature vs. humans having power over nature. This ancient way of living in respect of nature/Mother Earth will bring about sustainability quicker than anything. We humans will demand balance between consumerism and borrowing resources from future generations. Judy Grahn says in her interview for our Feminism and Sustainability Telesummit: “We make greener choices when we have ways to really identify with Nature.” 

Vegetarianism is growing worldwide, conscious consumerism is gaining ground especially here in the U.S. where it can really make a difference, corporations are being forced to use less toxic ingredients, the number of organic farms is increasing with the number of women farmers growing daily.

scientists-marchStates are responding with increased participation in the Paris Climate Agreement when our nation state announced it is pulling out. South Africans are organizing boycotts of U.S. corporations causing the climate change and the desertification of their rich agricultural lands. Scientists are organizing for climate change exactly when need them to do so.

PussyHat Project eve-olves to the Welcome Blanket ProjectCitizens of the world are planting milkweed to support dwindling numbers of Monarch Butterflies, and the number of backyard beehives is growing in response to the tragic collapse of bee colonies worldwide. The PussyHat Project has Eve-volved to become the Welcome Blanket Project: “Welcome to the United States and your new life here! We are so glad you have arrived.”

This list of good news grows every day. Let us not stay in despair too long when we hear the bad news, because the good news is soon to follow. Search it out and then share it.

Menstrual Hygiene Day 2017

Venus of LausselOn this Menstrual Hygiene Day — May 28, 2017, let’s celebrate the knowledge that 30,000 years ago, humans knew that we women bleed 13 times a year in sync with the Moon — and we do not die. Reverence behold for the women of Planet Earth during this pre-history time and beyond. A time when we lived in balance and in awe of Woman and Nature, natural truths we are re-membering today. This 30,000 year old bas-relief “Venus of Laussel” cave art from France, records a woman holding a crescent moon-shaped horn engraved with 13 lines — one for each of the 13 moons of the year — while she points to her womb. Perhaps this was a menstrual teaching manual for our ancestral sisterhood. This women’s knowledge is our millennia-old inheritance.

 

Today’s girls and young women are clamoring for silence to be removed from Our Periods – our lives and cycles in tune with Mother Nature. The world is moving toward re-membering our woman-rite in so many ways:

Menstruation-MattersWomen’s Voices for the Earth fight for non-toxic menstrual products.

Support Women, Period in Minnesota provides Menstrual products to homeless shelters, transitional housing and shelters for victims of domestic violence – all places that depend on donations of supplies.

WASH United in Africa is making Menstrual hygiene management a worldwide priority.

Global Citizen shares new magazines on women’s health and women’s rights, period dramas and girls in Nepal.

Oxfam in Nepal is teaching women to sew menstrual napkins and earn a living doing it!

See what’s happening in classrooms right now​​​​​​​ around the world and a great video!

Menstruation-Matters-3And just in case you doubt the wisdom and artistry of humans 30,000 years ago, it has recently been discovered that the depictions of animals on the walls of caves at that time were seen to move or gallop in place with the flickering of cave fires. Our ancestors were in fact videographers – a person who records images.

Celebrate International Menstrual Hygiene Day this May 28th, and the knowledge that “We Bleed and Do Not Die” with women around the world and through time!

Our organic, non-gmo, chlorine free tampons are on sale 20% to 30% Off!

Healthy Kitchen Tips

healthy kitchen tips - eat the rainbowWe are all trying to eat and live a healthier and greener lifestyle. Here are some green and healthy kitchen tips for you and your family:

Choose recipes that call for lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. Eat the Rainbow of antioxidant colored foods. Wash them with water and a few drops of vinegar or lemon.
Eat GMO Free and Organic to make sure you are not eating RoundUp which is sprayed on GMO foods and on many non-GMO foods — especially grains — just before harvest. I know these are a little more expensive, but it will save you money in medical bills treating cancers, diabetes, obesity, autism and other diseases being connected to GMOs and Glyphosate (RoundUp herbicide) in our diet and our environment. Farmer’s Markets and growing your own backyard and kitchen window gardens help to save money and give great pleasure.
 
Green and Healthy Holiday Kitchen TipsKitchen clean-up can be green too! Try natural alternatives like vinegar, baking soda and water. Make your own DIY cleaner or buy it healthy. An easy and very economical cleaner that I use for kitchen counters, mirrors, etc., is turning your vinegar bottle into a spray cleaning bottle by attaching a sprayer from an empty spray bottle. They fit the glass vinegar bottles! Add water and a small amount of any vinegar and you have a very effective, versitile and economical cleaner.
 
Select organic meats and dairy to limit exposure to hormones and antibiotics creating resistant strains of bacteria. Meat production is the biggest creator of climate change and the destruction of our lands and seas, so limit eating meat and dairy and consider becoming a vegan. See our favorite book on this subject below.
 
Use cast iron, stainless steel and ceramic cookware. Non-Stick pans release Perfluorochemicals into food and air, and have been linked to cancer.
 
 
Buy foods packaged in glass rather than plastic or cans to reduce your family’s exposure to endocrine disrupting BPA – bisphenol A, also linked to cancers.
diy freeze in glass jarsStore leftovers in glass. The chemical additives in plastic can migrate into foods and liquids. You CAN freeze in glass jars! You can see here that I have frozen hot peppers that I got at the Farmer’s Market. Too many to use immediately, so I froze them. The secret is keeping the lid off until the food is frozen. When you defrost, make sure you do it slowly so you don’t crack the glass.  Do not immerse the cold glass jar into hot water.
 
Never microwave in plastic, even if it says “microwave safe.” Heat can release plastic chemicals into your food and drink. Living an anti-cancer lifestyle requires never letting your food touch plastic!
 

Enjoy the smells and the togetherness of the Seasons. Take a walk outside and breathe in the Joy! And check out our FREE Lean Into Green Telesummit for more tips and ideas for more Healthy Kitchen Tips here. 

Remember: Help the bees and other pollinators, don’t use toxic garden pesticides.” I am doing some “companion gardening” and planting garlic in with my Milkweed to keep the aphids off for the Monarchs. Center for Food Safety

Here are some helpful products from our female entrepreneurs to have healthy meals and families:

 

Preventing Cancer with Audra Conklin

Preventing Cancer with Audra Conklin - Control What You Can: Your HomePreventing Cancer with Audra Conklin, “Control What You Can: Your Home”

In our Telesummit Series, “Preventing Cancer: Exposing the Environmental Causes” we explored toxins, radiation, hormone disruptors, cell phones, sunscreens, fluoride, fracking, GMOs, flame retardants and BPA — and Steps You Can Take To Prevent Cancer and its Recurrence.  

Audra Conklin is the former owner of Modern Mermaids Eco-Products. She built her business with kitchen chemistry and Essential Oils, sleepless nights and a lot of humor. She manufactured and sold non-toxic cleaning products in a very competitive market. Audra grew up “green” so she has walked the walk her entire life. She educates the public and businesses on switching out your toxic products for non-toxic ones. You can listen free to Audra Conklin’s interview here!

In our interview, Audra taught us about the connections between Allergens, Asthma, Scented Candles, Plug-Ins, and Air Fresheners — and how eliminating the very small daily doses of these toxins can help prevent chronic health problems, cancer, and it’s recurrence.

She had some good advice for us to get started:

  • Switch out a product or a room at a time with safer healthier products.
  • “Fragrance” means synthetic, made in a lab with petrochemicals.Fragrances can cause health problems, neurotoxicity, headaches and breathing problems. Synthetic Fragrances are irritants, allergens, and can cause Asthma. The good news is most Asthma is preventable.
  • Safely wash hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds.Triclosan in Anti-Bacterial Soaps, Toothpastes, and Fabrics may be associated with endocrine and hormonal toxicity, allergenic effects, organ toxicity, eye and skin irritation, and is suspected of being a carcinogen and environmental toxin.

Preventing Cancer: Exposing the Environmental Causes

 

 

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Earth Day Feminism with Farmer Denise O’Brien at WFAN

Earth Day Feminism with Denise O'Brien and WFANWe interviewed Denise O’Brien for our Feminism & Sustainability Telesummit. You can listen to that interview here. Earth Day Feminism for those of us in and out of agriculture!

Women farm differently and we farm a lot more sustainably. We are changing the face of agriculture. Women own over 50% of rented farmland in the U.S., and grow 75% of the world’s food. CSAs allow consumers to share in the risk and help break the farmer debt cycle. Land Trusts are leasing farmland to beginning farmers. Hear the good news of Feminism and Sustainability!

“My life has been devoted to raising women’s voices in agriculture. My dream is that the landscape of industrialized agriculture will change as women become the decision makers on their land. To that end, I will devote my time on this earth — to women, prairie restoration, and seed saving.”

Denise O’Brien is a woman whose life has been devoted to raising women’s voices in agriculture. She married a farmer and became one at a time when women still called themselves “farmer’s wives.”

Denise O’Brien is the Founder of the Women, Food, and Agriculture Network, a community of women in sustainable agriculture. Denise was president of the National Family Farm Coalition, and a USDA adviser in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. She received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Iowa Farmer’s Union, and in 2000, Denise was inducted into Iowa’s Women’s Hall of Fame.

Listen to our free interview with Denise O’Brien here

Here’s a timeline of Denise’s work and life:

1970s – Denise married a farmer and learned how to drive a tractor, plant crops, and care for animals. She learned that the language of farming is about the weather, the soil, and fertility.

l980s – The Farm Crisis hit, and Denise met a lot of women farmers calling themselves farmer’s wives. Denise read “The Invisible Farmer” and “Farmer’s Wives,” and learned that women farmers everywhere were stepping forward and adding to the economic well-being of their families. Feminism was growing among women in agriculture and they began seeing themselves as farmers.

1990s – Denise did international work and found out that 75% of the world’s food is grown by women without any recognition. That’s when she started WFAN to link and amplify women’s voices, and to address the insurance and pay inequality of the time.

2000 – Corporations own everything from beginning to end, and farmers had become the “workers.” Women were at the forefront, sounding the alarms, regarding GMOs, fracking, pesticide use, and the connections between processed foods and health issues.

2015 – Due to women living longer than men, women are inheriting family farms. Women own more than half of the “rented” farmland in the U.S., but men continue to make the decisions. WFAN’s Programs are linking and empowering women to build food systems and communities that are healthy, just and sustainable.

Women, Food and Agriculture Network WFANCommunity Supported Agriculture (CSA) Farms are increasing in number. You buy a membership and receive a weekly box of seasonal produce. This is a way for consumers to share in the risk the farmers take with weather and pests, and to help break the “cycle of debt” for the farmers by providing dependable economic support.

Women are farming smaller sized farms with the goal of feeding their communities. Food to eat vs. commodity crops.

Some women are donating their farmland to Land Trusts to keep their land in crop production in perpetuity. Land Trusts are then leasing this farmland to beginning farmers who could not otherwise afford to get into farming.

Feminism and Sustainability TelesummitDenise speaks at conferences and events on topics like women and agriculture policy, organic agriculture, practical approaches to organic farming, women’s relationship to the land, sustainable living, food security and international perspectives on women in agriculture.

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Lean Into Green with Denise O’Brien on Women, Food and Agriculture
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We also interviewed Denise O’Brien
for our Lean Into Green Telesummit
LISTEN TO THAT INTERVIEW FREE HERE


Deepen your connection to your food and to the land!
From the farm, to the U.N., to State Politics, and back to the land, Denise O’Brien shares farm facts and information on Prairie Restoration and Seed Saving. 

Lean Into Green Telesummit at greenwomanstore.comLearn how women’s commitment to our communities, and our relationship to the land, has women farming organically on ten to twenty-acre farms. Experience the growth of sustainable farming first hand!

WFAN is a community of women in sustainable agriculture whose mission it is to link and empower women to build food systems and communities that are healthy, just, sustainable, and that promote environmental integrity.

 

 

Feminism & Civilization with Dr. Bonnie Morris

Earth Day Feminism with Professor Bonnie Morris - Women’s Role in Sustaining CivilizationWomen’s Role in Sustaining Civilization with Professor Bonnie Morris.

Carolyn Gage interviewed Bonnie Morris for our Feminism and Sustainability Telesummit where Bonnie shared her experiences as a Women’s Studies Professor: international students and events, the next generation of students, and women’s longevity.

“The sustainability success story is that Feminists have succeeded in making it mainstream to take Women’s Studies because it’s offered in thousands of  schools and in forty or more countries around the world.”  Dr. Bonnie Morris

Case Studies shared in our interview with Bonnie Morris:

– The education of women and girls as a tool for empowering entire communities.
– Mainstreaming women’s history as heritage everyone should know.
– How learning about their foremothers empowers young women and teaches men to respect women.

In our interview with Bonnie Morris she shared stories about Gerda Lerner, Islandic Vagina Monologues, Kay Gardner, Ubaka Hill, MichFest, the Women’s Music Movement, Fidel Castro, Chris Williamson’s lullaby at the Temple of Diana, the Golden Age of Lesbianism, and the “Treasure Hunts” of the past to recover women’s history.

Earth Day Feminism with Bonnie Morris

At the Temple of Diana in Kusadasi as guest lecturer for Olivia Cruises in 2007.

Bonnie Morris is a Professor, Award Winning Author, Poet and Performer. She is the author of eleven books, including “Revenge of the Women’s Studies Professor,” and “Eden Built by Eves,” and “Women’s History for Beginners.”

Bonnie was the first graduate to complete American University’s then, new minor in Women’s Studies. After earning her PhD, she taught one of the first-ever graduate seminars on Jewish women’s history at Harvard.

Feminism and Sustainability TelesummitProfessor Morris joined the women’s studies faculty at George Washington University in 1994, and at Georgetown in 1996. She teaches Women and Western Civilization, Gender and Athletics, Women and War, and Introduction to Women’s Studies.

We invite you to listen to Carolyn Gage’s interview with Bonnie Morris here,

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International Women’s Day 1910 – 2016

Clara-Zetkin-founder-womens-dayIn 1910, the 2nd International Conference of Working Women was held in Copenhagen. Clara Zetkin, leader of the ‘Women’s Office’ for the Social Democratic Party in Germany, proposed the idea of an International Women’s Day.

Clara proposed that every year, in every country, there should be a celebration of Women’s Day on the same day to press for women’s demands. The Conference of over 100 women from 17 countries, representing unions, socialist parties, working women’s clubs, and including the first three women elected to the Finnish parliament, greeted Carla’s suggestion with unanimous approval — and International Women’s Day was born!

Worldwide, women continue to contribute to economic, social, cultural, and political achievements. We have much to celebrate today, but progress towards gender parity has slowed in many places around the world.

International Women's Day 2016

The 2014 World Economic Forum predicted that it would take until 2095 to achieve gender parity globally. In 2015, they estimated that a slowdown in the already glacial pace of progress meant the gender gap wouldn’t close entirely until 2133. We have urgent work to do. So, how do we want to celebrate International Women’s Day in 2016?

International Women’s Day 1910 – 2016. Are you ready to accelerate gender parity?

This year, we can all pledge to take concrete steps to help achieve gender parity more quickly in many different ways. Each of us can be a leader within our own spheres of influence.

Globally, with men and women joining forces, and with individuals pledging to move from talk to purposeful action, we can collectively help women advance equal to their numbers and realize the limitless potential they offer economies and cultures the world over. Commit to take the Pledge to take pragmatic action to accelerate gender parity on International Women’s Day 2016 and beyond.

International Women's Day

Make a Pledge to:

  • help women and girls achieve their ambitions
  • challenge conscious and unconscious bias
  • call for gender-balanced leadership
  • value women and men’s contributions equally
  • create inclusive, flexible cultures

 

Shop Woman Made to support female entrepreneurs on and for International Women’s Day 2016! Here are a few books on the subject of Women’s contributions: (and more here)

 

Pilgrimage to MichFest for Self & the World

 

Monarch Caterpillar on our bush this summerIn one week, I begin my yearly pilgrimage to MichFest, the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival. This Festival is celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year. Ten years ago, I joined in this journey ‘home.’

If you can imagine a place on this earth built and created by women electricians, carpenters, cooks, and healers, a village that takes shape in the woods of Michigan over a period of three months, and is then inhabited by thousands of tired women weary of the past year’s struggles and accomplishments, joining together to be renewed spiritually, emotionally and physically. This is our MichFest: Thousands of women and not one piece of litter! 

Monarch Cocoon this summerBy night, we cocoon in our tents among the trees and ferns and wild mushrooms, listening to the final remnants of evening concerts performed by generations of the most talented women musicians, singers, songwriters, dancers, and sign language interpreters on the planet!

In the morning, we wander through the woods, waking up to sisters walking every path on the 600 acre space-out-of-time, making coffee at our campsites or standing in line with other women, still wearing our handwoven warm beanies and jackets while we wait for coffee, tea, gluten free — and not gluten free — donuts and pastries thoughtfully brought in from town by early bird sisters of good heart.

TransformingAn hour  or two later, the cooks who are both staff and volunteers, have our breakfast prepared. Again we line up with sisters from around the world, every size, color, age and  energy level, serving up our washable plates with good nourishing vegetarian food. All food and entertainment provided with the price of our ticket. Three times a day we complete this ritual! And at dinner, out by the “Watermelon Tree,” is a long table that has been set up by Amazons and loaded with cool slices of locally grown watermelon with seeds.

I am one of a hundred or so craftswomen who bring our wares to share and sell. At the start of each day, I head to my booth inside one of the huge craft area circus tents to get ready for women who come to shop before and after their activities of the day. Then, when my booth partners arrive for their work shifts, I walk the winding foot-hewn pathways through the ferns with thousands of other women to workshops, the subjects of which never play in my home town.

Rebirthing monarch butterflyThe offerings and activities are so numerous, and so diverse, that the paths are never crowded. No cars are allowed into the village center, so women young and old, able bodied and differently abled, are free to walk and cross the unpaved roadways freely, visiting and exploring as our spirits guide us. Every child is safe because she/he has thousands of Aunties looking after their safety. Mothers are free too because they know that they and their children are safe from all harm. This freedom is what enables transformation — the turning to liquid and releasing all that has gone before — so we can know where we are going, and who we truly are.

Birthing our SelfLike the butterfly, we transform our spirit and our spirituality, our bodies and our generations. This millennia old experience of women gathering is held sacred by those of us who come, and by those of us who know we come, not just for ourselves, but for the world to continue to exist in a good way.

We learn from each other here, and we reconnect and recommit to our Self, our World, and our Truths. At the end of each Festival, the woman-owned 600 acres returns completely back to Mother Nature. We leave her as we found her: Ferns and forest, and the wildlife who have been watching us from a distance. Wise women gathering, communing with Nature and each other, for the benefit of all. MichFest is a “Menstrual Mind Revival” space. There is talk of this being the Festival’s last year. I hope it continues. We need it now more than ever, it  seems.

Transforming the worldThese lovely Monarch Butterfly photos were taken outside our kitchen window over the past couple weeks by my daughter, Denise. Nature’s reflection of our transformative spirit. I’m hoping to see some of you there, and to share photos of the wild mushrooms outside my tent when I return with plans for more Menstrual Mind Revivals.

If you are on your way to Michigan, or some other place to renew your spirit, check out our green and healthy Camping, Hiking, and Outdoor Living products made by women entrepreneurs. Bee well!

It’s Summer Solstice 2015

Summer Solstice 2015 - Solstice Cards byTerrea Bennett Rising Tide ArtsSummer Solstice 2015 – Here comes the sun! We feel the Solstices in our bodies, moods and energy levels — there is a difference in our cellular make-up between Summer and Winter Solstice. And we see it in our environment and in the plants that appear and disappear.

We wake up earlier, and tend to stay up later with the sun.
Worldwide, in parks, seasides, forests, and community streets, folks celebrate the growing strength of the Sun. Celebration brings sacredness and hope for a good future to our lives. A reaity we can see all around us and in us. We are part of Nature, and She is a part of us. Re-membering this can be healing and reassuring to our mind, body and spirit.
Here are some ways you can join with women and communities around the world in strong Sisterhood celebrating Summer Solstice – the week of June 21 to 25:
  • Summer Solstice 2015 - Summer Solstice art cards by Terrea BennettWear local flowers in your hair. Pick them and string them for your Self and others. Put a few in a vase and under your pillow for Good Magic and Good Dreams!
  • Head for the river, sea, and poolside and build a bon fire or light a Duraflame log to boost the Sun’s energy here on Earth! This tradition is thousands of years old and as multicultural as matriarchy itself. Truly, a global Sisterhood tradition!
  • Jump the fire when it has burned down to a jumpable size — to purify your mind, body and soul. Close the door on the past and open to a future of your own choosing.
  • Build a mid-Summer May Pole and then dance the night away and welcome in the morning Sun! A wonderful experience whether experienced solo, with friends, or as a multi-generational urban, rural, or tribal community.
  • Summer Solstice 2015 - Summer Solstice Cards by Terrea BennettPick the bright yellow St. Joan’s Wort flowers (aka St. John’s Wort) and tincture them to stabilize your moods and ensure your emotional health all year long! Dry a few and keep them on a little altar to remind you of the sacred light of Summer Solstice to inspire your work and Menstrual visions.
  • Turn off your lights at dusk to see the night sky. Watch the moon cycles change, and command your wishes and change your future!

    Summer Solstice 2015 -  Artist, Terrea Bennett. Enjoy her beautiful and inspiring art cards.Check out Terrea Bennett’s beautiful frameable Summer Solstice 2015 art cards above and below. Add them to your altars, walls and refrigerator art. A wonderful way to inspire you all Summer long!  Happy Solstice from GreenWomanStore.com.

2015 UN Year of Soils

2015 UN Year of Soils. Soil, where food begins.Soil – The Nearly Forgotten Resource. The top six inches of soil are the most precious.

Without healthy soil, life on earth would be unsustainable. Soil is the foundation of agriculture, and the largest pool of organic carbon essential for mitigating and adapting to climate change.

New approaches must be adopted. As much as one-third of all soils are degraded due to:

– erosion
– compaction
– soil sealing
– salinization
– soil organic matter and nutrient depletion
– acidification
– pollution
– other processes caused by unsustainable land management practices

It takes up to 1,000 years to form one centimetre of soil. Investment in sustainable soil management is be cheaper than restoration and is needed for the achievement of food security and nutrition, climate change adaptation and mitigation and overall sustainable development.

2015 UN Year of SoilsSoil – the nearly forgotten resource:

– Soils are the foundation of agriculture. They provide vital ecosystem services and the basis for food, feed, fuel, fibre and medical products important for human well-being.

– Soils are fundamental for the appropriate storage and distribution of water.

– 1/4 of the world’s biodiversity lives underground, where, for example, the earthworm is a giant alongside tiny organisms such as bacteria and fungi.

– Organisms and plant roots act as the primary agents driving nutrient cycling and help plants by improving nutrient intake — in turn supporting above-ground biodiversity.

– Organisms boost soil’s ability to absorb carbon and mitigate desertification, so that even more carbon can be sequestered.

2015 UN Year of Soils2015 UN Year of Soils

In 2015, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has implemented more than 120 soil-related projects around the world and produced together with the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the World Soil Map. Among the most urgent priorities is to update, standardize and render accessible the world’s knowledge of soil types and distribution. One of FAO’s priorities is to establish a global soil information system that could assist with reliable data decision-making regarding soil management.

Natural Egg Dyes from Veggies & Herbs

Natural Easter Egg Colors with veggies and herbsHere are some fun recipes for vibrant all natural egg dyes made from veggies and herbs you have in your refrigerator and cupboards.

We used the dry outer onion skins last year and the result was beautiful eggs that looked like carved mahogany! Have fun with these recipes and methods, and improve upon them each Spring. You will be amazed.

Here’s how you begin:

1) Room Temperature eggs so they don’t crack when boiling
2) 2 cups of water plus 1 Tsp vinegar to hold the color
3) Bring water to a boil with colorants and fully hard boil eggs for 12 to 15 minutes
4) Remove eggs and pour colorant and colored water into a jar (or bowl)
5) Put eggs into the jar so they are covered with colorants and colored water
6) Let the jars cool then place in refrigerator 24 hours
7) Remove the eggs, rinse, and polish with vegetable oil

Ideas for Vegetable & Herbal Colorants:

Green: 3 TBS Dill and 3 Dry Outer Red Onion Skins
Yellow: 2-3 TBS Turmeric and/or a lot less Saffron
Gold: Espresso or 3 TBS Dill Seed
Mahogany: Red Onion Skins and/or 1 TBS Paprika
Light Blue: Spinach
Dark Blue: 6-8 Red Cabbage Leaves
Purple: Cranberry and Raspberry Juice or Red Zinger Tea Bags
Orange: 4 Carrot Tops and 4 Yellow Onion Skins
Textured Shell: Red Wine will form crystals on the shell

Colors will vary depending on whether you use white, brown or pastel eggs, so mix and match your colorants to experiment with your own unique colors!

Wrapping cooled hard boiled eggs with rubber bands before placing back into the colorant will give you stripped eggs.

You can also very carefully color designs on the raw eggs with crayons or wax, make a small hole at both ends, blow out the insides of the eggs, dye them, and then spray with a sealant to keep these decorated beauties a long time! The sealants are not edible.

 

reproductive-acts-heather-latimerFor the “Fertility” aspect of Spring, read up on Reproductive Acts: Sexual Politics in N. American Fiction and Film by Heather Latimer.

Striking a balance between fictional, historical, and political analysis, Reproductive Acts makes a compelling argument for the vital role narrative plays in how we make sense of U.S. reproductive politics. Read more here.

 

Let us know how your eggs turn out!

Soil & Your Serotonin

Serotonin and Happiness at Green Woman StoreImprove your mood by digging in your garden! Hunting and gathering the fruits of your labor also add to your your happiness level.

Serotonin and Dopamine are 2 natural anti-depressants that also boost your immune system. We didn’t need science to tell us that Gardening makes us happy, but it’s always fun when science catches up with women’s wisdom.
Here are the facts:
– Lack of serotonin in the brain causes depression.
– Soil contains Mycobacterium vaccae, a bacteria that triggers the release of serotonin in your brain.
-Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, found in our the soil, waters, plants — and in non-organic Roundup-ready GM cotton — depletes your serotonin and dopamine levels. Depression is a global epidemic right alongside Monsanto’s worldwide sale of Roundup.
The Immune System Link

Soil bacteria cause immune cells to release chemicals called cytokines, which activate the nerves that relay signals from the body to the brain. The stimulated nerves cause neurons in the brain to release serotonin into the prefrontal cortex, an area of your brain involved in regulating your moods.

Let Your Kids Spend More Time Getting Dirty!

Studies link early childhood exposure to bacteria to protection against allergies and asthma in adulthood, suggesting that bacteria-exposure boosts your immune systems and alters your vulnerability to conditions such as depression as well.

TIP: Garden without gloves and get your hands into the dirt and compost heap.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month – From Awareness to Prevention

Breast Cancer Awareness Month : From Awareness to Prevention

October is “Breast Cancer Awareness Month”
This October, we are changing the discussion from Awareness to Prevention

New scientific evidence is emerging daily, making it clear that the chemicals in our environment play a role in altering our biological processes. It’s clear that our exposures to toxic chemicals and radiation are connected to our cancer risk.  But we rarely hear about this new scientific evidence.  

It is difficult to examine and address the effects of individual chemicals and their risks for a disease as complex as cancer. The time between exposures and development of the disease may be decades. We may not know which chemicals we’ve been exposed to, and we are not exposed to chemicals in isolation.

Sign Up for our Preventing Cancer Telesummit: Exposing the Environmental Causes.In this Telesummit and Podcast Series, we will bring this new evidence to your attention. We will examine Hormones and Hormone Disruptors, EMF Cell Phone and Computer Radiation, Fluoride in our water and Fracking in our communities, GMOs and Toxins in Cosmetics and Personal Care Products, Flame Retardants in our furniture and bedrooms, BPA and it’s more toxic replacements, and causes of the 90% unexplained sporadic non-hereditary breast cancers.

As informed consumers, you can begin to control your exposure to chemicals and radiation through personal and political action. Get to know the chemicals that have been linked to cancer and take action to reduce your risk. 

During this Telesummit, you will receive one interview emailed to you each Tuesday and Thursday. You will hear from Scientists, Political Activists, Nutritionists, and Women Survivors of Cancer who have made lifestyle changes that combat disease. If you miss any Podcasts, you will have a chance at the end to catch up. 

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I’m your host, Genny LaMorgan, owner of GreenWomanStore.com where we enjoy creating educational events, like this telesummit on topics of interest to us as women. If you have any questions, please contact me at genny@greenwomanstore.com or 800 479 4439 / 619 228 6201.     

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Halloween Safety, Treats and Money Saving Green Ideas

Healthy Halloween Ideas from Green Woman StoreMix In Some Green with Halloween’s Orange and Black To Save Money and the Environment!

*Decorate with Nature: Leaves, Branches, Hay Bales, Gourds, Pumpkins, Mums and other Dried Flowers. All available at your local farmers market.
*Hand out pencils made from recycled paper or wood instead of junk food. 
*Skip the plastic pumpkin and Trick-or-Treat with reusable canvas bags or pillow cases.
* Test your creativity with DIY, thrift store or yard sale costumes. Organize a Costume Swap with friends and neighbors.

Halloween Safety with Luna Tagz at GreenWomanStore.comHere Are Our Halloween Safety Tips!

Be creative in helping your child to create her own costume and theme. Choose a costume that fits snugly and is the right length for her height. Flowing costumes can easily snag on objects and other people, and can be dangerous around open flames.

Keep your child’s neck area clear, and avoid jewelry, cords, sashes, anything that could pose a choking hazard. Skip the capes, they can pose strangulation risks, and could get caught on something or cause a child to trip.

Use masks cautiously. Don’t  have your child wear them when walking. Many masks can obstruct a child’s vision, especially when it’s dark at night. Check to make sure that he can breathe comfortably. Read face paint labels. A great alternative to masks is face paint, but make sure you read labels carefully and choose a face paint that is FDA-approved and meant for use on skin (non-toxic doesn’t necessarily means it’s safe for use on the face).

Ditch the accessories so that she has a free hand to carry her candy and another to hold your hand, especially while crossing the street or while walking on crowded sidewalks.

Halloween Safety with LunaTagz at GreenWomanStore.comUse Luna Tagz, or tape, sew or glue reflective tape onto your child’s costume or jacket to make sure that she can be seen in the dark. Adults, carry a flash light with you while trick or treating to light the path and also allow motorists to see your trick-or-treaters.

Wear shows your child is used to, or opt for safe footwear not the cheap, plastic kind that have no traction and could cause a child to slip and fall, or if it’s the boot-cover type that is made out of fabric or rubber, make sure it’s fitted securely so that it doesn’t slip off and pose a tripping hazard.

Have fun, and remember this is the season when Grandmothers past are close again and blessing us with their wisdom!

Heart Jewelry for Valentines Day!

Spiral Heart Jewelry Pendant by K Robins Designs.Hearts, Hearts, and More Hearts — Designed and Crafted by Women Jewelers!  Share the beautiful and loving inspiration of Heart-Inspired, Heart-Infused pendants to show the love you feel!

Loving Kindness Heart Jewelry Pendant by K Robins Designs.Whether your passion is sterling silver or bronze, the energy of the Earth encircles every piece of our beautiful heart jewelry and accessories.  Each piece contains the loving wisdom and passion of women jewelry designers and crafters from around the country.

Infinite Love Heart Jewelry Pendant by K Robins Designs. K Robins Designs: Many of my jewelry designs come from my fascination with the language of symbols and how the art of different cultures and times echoes around the world. All cultures surround themselves with symbols and naturally pass them reverently from generation to generation. These symbols lift up and guide us through life’s interwoven cycles of birth, life, death and rebirth.

Forget-Me-Not Heart Jewelry Pendant by Jane Iris Designs.Jane Iris Designs: From the subconscious to design, you will find a part of yourself in our  Jewelry Collection. Jane Iris jewelry is proudly made by four women casters in America, and finished by Patti Ann Sansome, owner of Jane Iris Desgns. Woman owned and operated for 19 years!

Forget-Me-Not Heart Jewelry Necklace with Amethyst Drop by Jane Iris Designs.Divinity is based on mysteries. The Ancients conceived of divinity based on the important mysteries of their time: cycles of birth, life & death, fertility & survival. Our desire for self-awareness makes our emotions, dreams and intuitions the mysteries of our lives; it is a basis for the mythologies of our time.

See our Video on Heart Jewelry. Click on the Heart Jewelry images above  to learn more about our Woman Made and Crafted Jewelry.  Thank you for shopping Fair Trade, Green, and Woman Made!

Women are a Sustainable Economic Development Solution!

We women are a Sustainable Economic Development Solution, as reported in this  article in The Daily Beast, by Melanne Verveer and Kim Azzarelli on Jan 25, 2013. Article copied below:

“At Davos Investing in Women Emerges as a Business Strategy: Companies are learning that when they support women—as customers, employees, leaders, future investors, and partners—both their businesses and communities win.

Here in Davos, Switzerland, at the World Economic Forum, much of the discussion is about economic growth. The International Monetary Fund’s Christine Lagarde inspired those attending to focus on the power of what she termed “inclusive growth”: “the evidence is clear, as is the message: when women do better, economies do better.” Today, visionary companies that initially embraced this notion through corporate philanthropy are now making investments in women a pillar of their business strategies.

Christine Lagarde at Devos, Switzerland, World Economic Forum 1/25/13

Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund speaking at the annuall meeting in Davos, Switzerland 1-23-13.

In recent years, investing in women has become more than inspiring rhetoric or good PR for a company. It’s now becoming a core business strategy yielding quantifiable returns. As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton explained at an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in 2011, to “achieve the economic expansion we all seek, we need to unlock a vital source of growth that can power our economies in the decades to come.” By “increasing women’s participation in the economy and enhancing their efficiency and productivity,” the secretary said, “we can have a dramatic impact on the competitiveness and growth of our economies.”

These dividends come in part as a result of the growing economic influence wielded by women. In the United States, women control or influence more than 80 percent of purchasing decisions. Globally they are responsible for $20 trillion in spending, a figure expected to rise to $28 trillion by 2014. Goldman Sachs has found that it is women who are redefining markets and creating growth by focusing their spending power on purchases such as food, health care, education, clothing, consumer durables, and financial services. And, according to a Deloitte study, women’s earning power is growing faster than men’s in the developing world, where their earned incomes have increased by 8.1 percent compared with men’s 5.8 percent. As Muhtar Kent, the CEO of Coca-Cola, recently stated, “The truth is that women are already the most dynamic and fastest-growing economic force in the world today.”

Top books for women by women.

Top Books by Women for Women. Support Your Women Owned Bookstores!

More and more companies are doing the math and investing in what Booz & Co. has dubbed the Third Billion—women globally—a market segment large enough to rival China or India. The early corporate leaders focused on philanthropic and corporate social-responsibility (CSR) initiatives and have been in industries that market specifically to women: consumer packaged goods and retail and fashion-related companies. The Body Shop and Aveda created significant philanthropies for women and girls, and the Nike Foundation launched its Girl Effect movement, while Liz Claiborne focused on violence-prevention efforts. Many companies donated heavily to breast-cancer research and prevention.

Women Eco Fashion Designers for Apparel and Accessories.

Women Eco Fashion Designers for Apparel and Accessories.

Now, even industries traditionally considered men’s—automotive, oil, investment banking—are finding common cause with women and girls. Encouraged in part by the microfinance movement, their efforts often focus on women’s empowerment through entrepreneurship. For instance, Goldman Sachs’s 10,000 Women initiative has given more than 7,000 women across the globe economic opportunity through training and mentoring, resulting in growth for a significant number of women-owned businesses. ExxonMobil’s Women’s Economic Opportunity Initiative also supports female entrepreneurs by helping to facilitate the networks they need to grow their businesses.

The rewards are becoming demonstrable. Significant research from the World Bank to the public and private sectors has shown how investments in women yield a “double dividend”: women are more likely than men to invest their incomes in their families and communities, driving GDP up and illiteracy and mortality rates down. This double benefit, combined with pure market forces, now presents Wall Street and women with a unique and mutually beneficial opportunity.

So how can more of the world’s global economic leaders take advantage of this convergence of trends and harness the power of women for business growth and progress?

“Women are already the most dynamic and fastest-growing economic force in the world today.”

First, embrace a broader definition of corporate citizenship, one that goes beyond traditional notions of CSR. Instead of treating women solely as recipients of philanthropy, companies should see them as partners critical to every part of the value chain—marketing, sales, distribution, research and development, and management. For example, Coca-Cola recently launched a $500 million program to include 5 million women across its entire business structure, or corporate value chain, by 2020. Funded by the for-profit business, not the foundation, the program aims to include more women in every area of operations, including training them as business owners to market and sell products. Direct-selling companies such as Avon, Mary Kay, and Tupperware have long understood the value of women entrepreneurs as a distribution channel—and drivers of the bottom line. The direct-selling model gives women the training, credit, and support to start their own businesses by selling company products. It has been particularly successful in developing world markets with infrastructure challenges. Indeed, women have been known to paddle down the Amazon to sell products in remote communities.

Handwoven by Women's Cooperatives around the world. Buy Fair Trade, Green, and Woman Made!

Handwoven by Women’s Cooperatives around the world. Buy Fair Trade, Green, and Woman Made!

Second, commit to greater diversity in management and corporate governance. There is no question that too many executive women today are still only tapping at that proverbial glass ceiling. As a result, corporations continue to deprive themselves of the very talents, energies, and insights that can propel growth and market opportunities. A recent Catalyst survey found a strong correlation between gender diversity in the leadership ranks of a business and that company’s performance. For instance, according to a Deloitte report, when women were given a significant role in product development at Campbell Soup, they came up with a new line that became a $200 million business almost overnight.

Third, aggressively integrate women-run small and medium-size businesses into the supply chain. By seeking out and working with women-owned firms, companies can not only diversify their supply chains and mitigate risk, but also support women entrepreneurs and expand small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs), which are known engines of GDP growth. Walmart is one example of a company using its enormous scale to drive business to women-owned sources. And organizations such as WEConnect that focus on the value of women in the supply chain are linking large companies like Pfizer, Microsoft, and Marriott with women vendors.

Fourth, eliminate the barriers women face in accessing finance and credit. Around the world, women face greater hurdles than their male counterparts in receiving financial services. As a result, women are less able to make the investments that can maximize profits and ensure their businesses reach their full potential. More financial institutions should recognize that women are a proven low-risk, high-yield investment and create products to better serve women as a market segment. Companies working to integrate women entrepreneurs into their supply chains could establish relationships with banks to encourage them to use purchase order agreements with their companies as collateral. Companies can also invest in women’s entrepreneurship funds or venture capital firms that specifically serve women-owned businesses.

Natural Body Products by Women Owned Businesses.

Natural Body Products by Women Owned Businesses. Safe for the Environment, and Safe for Our Families.

Finally, take the lead in making the evidence-based case to governments that women are valuable—crucial—economic actors. In an era when governments around the world are trying to make do with less, it is essential that businesses and potential investors make national and local governments understand that investments in women’s education, health, and economic security and are important factors in big businesses’ decisions to expand into local markets are also investments that will create new jobs and lift economies.

Clearly, women are good for business, but is business good for women? Aligning the bottom line with women’s advancement is not a panacea for the plight of women worldwide. Critical human-rights issues must be addressed before women can truly advance. In many parts of the world, laws and customs still stand in the way of women’s empowerment—and we all must support efforts to reform these systems. At the same time, we must acknowledge that economic independence is critical to advancing those rights. The two are inseparable.

Art and Culture, Shop Woman Made Green and Fair Trade Products.

Art and Culture, Shop Woman Made Green and Fair Trade Products.

Ultimately, converting women’s fast-growing economic influence into real social, economic, and political power will take time and perseverance. But the momentum of the global marketplace, should we choose to sustain it, can provide us a way forward. As corporate leaders look for resilient dynamism and growth in 2013, there are no better partners poised to deliver profits and progress across geographies than the Third Billion [women!].”

This informative and inspiring article was written by Melanne Verveer,  U.S ambassador for global women’s issues, and Kim Azzarelli, President of the Women in the World Foundation and the 2012 recipient of the NY State Bar Association Ruth G. Schapiro Award.

Thank you, Melanne and Kim, for a great article inspiring women and Market Access for Women as a Sustainable Development Solution!

Handcrafted Fashion Feeds Ethiopia at Fresh and Green Academy

Fashion Feeds Ethiopia, handwoven scarves by the Mothers Cooperative at Fresh And Green Academy

The Mothers Coop at Fresh And Green Academy

Fashion that Feeds! Handwoven scarves by members of the Mothers Cooperative at Fresh and Green Academy, a school for impoverished children in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Every item sold helps the women provide food for their families.

Some Fun Facts About Ethiopia!  Did you know:

Ethiopia is nearly twice the size of Texas.
Ethiopia is the birthplace of coffee, and they have official coffee ceremonies in family homes. If you are offered coffee, it is rude to decline.
Ethiopia claims the final resting place of the Ark of the covenant at a chapel in the holy city of Aksum, which used to be the capital of Ethiopia.
Ethiopia has 63 airports. Only 17 of them have a paved runway. 
In the Ethiopian Calendar there are 13 months. Each month has 30 days and the last month has only 5 or 6. The New Year is celebrated on September 11th and they are almost eight years behind our western calendar.
Fashion Feeds EthiopiaEthiopian homes are a traditionally a round hut called a Tukul. Families like to use magazines or newspapers as “wallpaper” in their homes. The floor is dirt, the walls are either sticks and/or mud, and the roof is made out of a long grass called Tef, a gluten free grain that is also eaten.  I have enjoyed Tef “bread” at our local Ethiopian restraurant many times. 
A large portion of the Ethiopian population claims descent from King Solomon of Jerusalem, and Makeda, the queen of Sheba?

Buying these beautiful handwoven scarves add Eco-Fashion to your wardrobe, while helping Ethiopian women and their families out of poverty. Thank you for shopping Fair Trade, Green, and Woman Made!

 

WeMoon 2013 Calendar and Datebook

We'Moon Calendar 2013We’Moon is the iconic feminist datebook and astrological moon calendar.  A visionary collection of women’s creative writing and artwork from around the world.  Mother Tongue Ink publishes creative work by women, celebrating earth-based spirituality and visions for a changing world. 

This year’s We’Moon is a profound and provocative exploration of “The Other Side.” The many other sides of the story, of the revolution, of birth and death, of mystery. Filled with brilliant art and writing, We’Moon 2013 is an extraordinary guide through the realms of trans-formation. Our personal evolutions and our planetary shifts. The calendar pages inspire our inevitable, tantalizing journey, one beautiful week at a time.

WeMoon Calendar 2013 WeMoon 2013 says: “Getting through to The Other Side often requires merely that the eye of the beholder shift focus. The evocative offerings here invite us to look through the beyond, guiding inspired passage through the straits of everyday.”

Our bookseller is PEOPLE CALLED WOMEN BOOKS, a multicultural, feminist bookstore in Toledo, Ohio. The have several thousand books in stock and can order any book in print. If you are ordering two or more books, and your order is over $30, your shipping will be free if you call them direct at 419-469-8983.

See the We’Moon 2013 Video Here. You will find we have the best Women’s Fiction, Women Fiction Writers, Multicultural Books for Children, Babies, Todlers, Kids and Young Adults. Eco Friendly Books, EcoFeminist Literature. The Best Women’s Memoirs, Mysteries, Non-fiction and Lesbian Fiction. Books About Woman Health and Global Health. All Books written and edited by Women. Enjoy!

 

 

Waldorf Gnomes are Nature Guardians for Children

My Little Waldorf Gnomes by Michelle ReidI love these little Gnomes! My Grandaughter kept her lost tooth in hers until the Tooth Faery came!

My Little Gnomes are made of recycled, upcycled felted wool sweaters by Native Wampanoag Grandmother, Michelle Reid. Michelle tells us that Faeries live among and protect the flowers.  Gnomes are the “Little People” who live out with the trees as  Guardians of the Forest. Each of her Little Gnomes  is different,  and one-of-a-kind.

These little creations are Popular as Waldorf Gnomes. Gnome Guardians are wonderful for children’s bedsides, school bags, sleep overs, and castle play. Let your child’s imagination fly!  Each Gnome comes with a pocket for objects, and if you are very, very lucky, some Little Gnomes come with a magical piece of sea glass or crystal.

Michelle Reid is a Native American woman who has helped teach her traditional culture to children, including Wampanoag tribal members. She is a mother of five, and has been handcrafting and involved with Waldorf Schools and their fondness of Gnomes for 26 years.

Michelle has found her Little Gnomes to be helpful as magical guardians for foster children and she brings her Little Gnome “Magic of Childhood” into public schools. Here is the video we made of her Little Waldorf Gnomes for school age children, foster children, and Waldorf children most definitely.

Jane Iris Designs – 20 Years of Woman Made Women’s Jewelry

Spirit Healer Sterling Silver Pendant with choice of garnet, opal, ruby and more.

Spirit Healer

I just added more of Jane Iris Designs beautiful jewelry to the Apparel & Accessories on GreenWomanStore.com. Pendants, rings and earrings, Goddesses, Labrys, Ankhs, and Conga Drums in bronze and sterling, with garnets and opals, citrine and lapis, rubies and more. Jane Iris is one of the great designers of women’s jewelry in our time.

I remember discovering Jane Iris jewelry when I lived in Berkeley, California, in the l990’s. Hers was some of the first dramatic, spiritual and woman-identified jewelry that mirrored my growing interest in ancient and sustainable cultures, environmentalism and spirituality. Her women’s jewelry makes tangible the strength, truth and integrity of women’s culture anciently and today.

When I sell Jane Iris jewelry at the Michigan Women’s Festival, women tell me, “I have that piece, and that one too.  And I gave that piece to a dear friend.”  I love that we women share our sacred possessions, and that we keep supporting the craftswomen who inspired us when they, and we, were much younger.

Today, I am delighted to have added some of my favorite pieces, and hopefully some of your favorites too!  Surely, we will be adding more in the future.  I created a video sharing some of the new beautiful woman made Jane Iris Designs women’s jewelry pieces: Spirit Healer, Sardinian Goddess, Ankh, Labrys, Conga Drums, Truth Ring, and many more.  Enjoy!

Going Green: What it takes

Brickenmore Fire Starters by Eagle Valley Eco Fuel

Brickenmore FireStarters made of natural field straw, horse manure, hay mixture, straw dust and paraffin by Eagle Valley Eco Fuel in Connecticut.

What it takes to “Go Green” is a lot of dedication!  Dedication to our children and future generations so that they will have the resources they need to thrive.  This is the concept Indigenous Peoples call, “Taking into consideration the next seven generations.”

Women's Power DVD by Max Dashu

A panoramic view of female leadership, creativity, wisdom, and courage, around the world and over thousands of years. Female spheres of power in politics, economics, religion, medicine, arts and letters. Women’s Power DVD by Max Dashu.

Going green requires dedication to the earth and her living, thriving resources that make our lives possible and equitable.  Dedication to our Self, for when we do what is truly right for our Self, it is right for everyone and the earth.  This is living in balance and we have done it in pre-history for thousands of years, everywhere on this planet, all cultures and in all traditions if we look back far enough.  This is the evidence of today’s  archeology and anthropology.

Ashley Urth Bag created from recycled juice boxes

Eco-Chic Handbags and Totes made from recycled juice boxes, magazines and shells by Urth Bags.

Today, we are fortunate to have lots of opportunities and alternatives.  Sustainable alternatives to restrictive ways of commerce and corporate greed.  We have many new small businesses starting up, growing right out of the soil of unemployment and the necessity of working where our passion leads us.

My favorite part of GreenWomanStore.com is hearing the stories of women entrepreneurs, and learning of the ways they act out their passions.  All ways that benefit consumers, families, women and the Earth.  Women are manufacturing products that inspire more products, inspiring more women around the world to live and consume sustainably.

Fashion Feeds Ethiopia Copper Beige Handmade Scarf

Handmade Scarves by Fashion Feeds Ethiopia

This is the best of capitalism.  These are the social dynamics that drive sustainable capitalism, the way we want it to be realized.  Products that enrich our lives and that make us feel proud we are making a contribution to healthy living, for the artists and manufacturers (Fair Trade), and our own families.

“Market Access” began in my mind twenty years ago when I learned of a study asking African village women what they needed most.  They cried out for “Market Access.” We all need market access for our goods and services.  I am proud and passionate about GreenWomanStore.com.  Every day, we empower consumers and women entrepreneurs, solving everyday problems and wishes for a greening public that cares where it’s products come from.

 

Green Books to Grow A Healthier Lifestyle

Getting A Grip 2 by Frances Moore LappeWe all need new information for our new greener and healthier lifestyles.  Women authors are guiding our way with books for adults and children, and books written for all ages.  Frances Moore Lappe has been guiding our green palates for nearly 40 years with her revolutionary “Diet for a Small Planet.”  Now her daughter, Anna Lappe, is following in her mothers good footsteps with, “Diet for a Hot Planet.” 

These two important books educate us about how our food choices contribute to poverty, resource destruction and human exploitation.  Both books give us excting solutions so we can go forward feeling good about our purchases and our sustainable lifestyle.

365 Ways to Live Green for Kds by Sheri AmselNew and exciting books for children on how to “Think Fair Trade First,” the story of a sister and brother searching for a family gift and learning how shopping wisely can improve many people’s lives around the world.  “365 Ways to Live Green for Kids”  teaches children why organic food is tastier—and better—for them, how to protect plants and animals, and Earth Day celebrations.

Sudie Rakusin Coloring Book for Big GirlsAnd to promote exploration and stimulate a child’s imagination and sense of wonder, “I Love Dirt,” is a special gift for every family with young ones.  For girl children of all ages who love animals, Sudie Rakusin’s “Coloring Books for Big Girls,” are wonderful multi-cultural examples of strong women being part of the nature they inhabit.

Women's History for Beginners by Bonnie MorrisBooks about politics, the changes in women’s lives (fashion, sex and politics),and race, are all important books to remind us of our women’s history. Memoirs by women sharing their life experiences and humor.  All this literature is part of the greening of our minds, hearts and souls.  When we know the full story behind our actions, we are able to go forward in strength, truth and sustainability.

 Read green, teach green, and live green, a beautiful choice for all of us to share!

Empowering Consumers and Women Entrepreneurs

Bayberry Naturals Bar Soaps

Bayberry Naturals Bar Soaps gently cleanse with organic oils, essential oils, botanical extracts, berries, seeds, leaves and roots.

Our Goal at GreenWomanStore.com is to Empower  Consumers and Women Entrepreneurs,  building “Connected Consumerism.” 

We want to empower women who have great ideas and exciting products at all levels of their business life, while at the same time helping consumers feel that their purchases benefit and are connected to community, earth friendly manufacturing, ethical business practices, fairness and fair trade — where every purchase feels good and safe for our families and our environment. 

Why our focus on women?  Studies show that when resources are directed toward the women, everyone benefits! Gender equality is crucial for conservation, sustainable development, and equitable benefit sharing. Women entrepreneurs make informed choices and negotiate outcomes that balance biodiversity, conservation, and

Venus of Laussel, France

Venus of Laussel, France, depicting women 25,000 years ago making the connection between the 13 lunar cycles of the year and their 13 yearly menstrual cycles.

human development needs. 10,000 years ago, we women invented/developed agriculture based on our menstrual connection to lunar cycles. Women are intimately and economically connected to earth and her resources.

 
Our passion and dedication is to “Woman-Identified Sustainable Development,” putting women and our experiences back at the center of development strategies. We offer products for sale that are sustainable development solutions, products created by women and woman owned businesses, products derived out of women’s cultures and lifelong experiences, earth friendly manufacturing practices and ethical business practices. GreenWomanStore.com is woman owned, operated, and financed.

Drift by Rachel Maddow

Rachel MaddowToday, I had the pleasure of adding another timely and important book to GreenWomanStore: Rachel Maddow’s book Drift, The Unmooring of American Military Power.  Here’s an excerpt:

“National security is a real imperative for our country—for any country. But the connection between that imperative and what we do about it has gone as frowsy as my hometown’s little pumpstation in high August. Our national security policy isn’t much related to its stated justifications anymore. To whatever extent we do argue and debate what defense and intelligence policy ought to be, that debate—our political process—doesn’t actually determine what we do. We’re not directing that policy anymore;it just follows its own course. Which means we’ve effectively lostcontrol of a big part of who we are as a country. And we’ve bro-ken faith with some of the best advice the founders ever gave us.”

Rachel Maddow“The Rachel Maddow Show” debuted in September 2008 and was the most successful show launch in MSNBC history. Rachel was named one of the “Top Ten Political Newcomers of 2008” by Politico.com. She has been nominated by the Television Critics Association for “Outstanding Achievement in News and Information,” and The Rachel Maddow Show received a GLAAD award in 2010.  Maddow was honored by the Interfaith Alliance with the 2010 Walter Cronkite Faith and Freedom award and her MSNBC documentary “The Assassination of Dr. Tiller” won a Gracie award in 2011. 

You can buy her book here, and read Rachel’s full bio while you’re there!

Sudie Rakusin, I have loved her art forever!

Sudie Rakusin Coloring Book for Big GirlsI am so excited!  We have just added Sudie Rakusin’s Coloring Boods for Big Girls!  I bought the newest ones for my daughters and granddaughters last year.  Her black and white drawings are among my favorites, and Sudie likes these best too:

“Whatever medium I am working in at the moment is my favorite, but, I think drawing with a simple 2B pencil and painting in oils would be the ones I love the most.  They seem to me the purist and most honest.”

Sudie Rakusin Journey CardsI bought Sudie’s blank journal recently for a friend who was taking a writing class.  I haven’t tried her Journey Cards yet, but you can.  Let me know your experiences!  Oh yes, and do check out her children’s activity book.  Women with amazing wardrobes and many different animals frequent Sudie’s art.  Enjoy!

Shop Green and Woman Made Products and Services

Eco-Friendly Reusable Produce Bags

Eco-Friendly Reusable Produce Bags

Studies show that when resources are directed toward the women, everyone benefits! Gender equality is crucial for conservation, sustainable development, and equitable benefit sharing. Women entrepreneurs make informed choices and negotiate outcomes that balance biodiversity, conservation, and human development needs.

venus of lausse 30,000 bce

Venus of Laussel, France 25,000 BCE pictured here is a limestone bas-relief of a strong ancient woman painted with red ochre making the connection between the 13 lunar cycles of the year and her 13 synchronistic menstrual cycles.

10,000 years ago, we women invented/developed agriculturebased on our menstrual connection to lunar cycles. Women are intimately and economically connected to earth and her resources.

Twenty years ago, we never believed shopping green would become so popular.  I feel that buying woman made will be the next giant step forward for green consumers in our efforts toward connected consumerism.  Empower women entrepreneurs who have great ideas and exciting products, while feeling that your purchases benefit and are connected to community, earth friendly manufacturing, ethical business practices, fairness and fair trade — where every purchase feels good and safe for our families and our environment. Brava, connected consumerism!