Winter Blues – Get Mud on Your Hands

Winter Blues - Molly's Organic FarmWinter Blues
Get Mud (Serotonin and Dopamine) on Your Hands
And Shoes!

Improve your Winter Blues 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 boost your mood and 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.

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

Here are some 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 soil, waterways, mothers’ breast milk, food plants — and in non-organic Roundup-ready wheat, corn and soy — 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.


Winter Blues Remedy - i love dirt! by Jennifer Wardi love dirt! by Jennifer WardLet 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.

Check out Kate and the Beanstalk by Mary Pope Osborne and Giselle Potter. A clever twist on a classic fairy tale, this story stars a whip-smart girl instead of traditionally lazy, not-so-bright Jack. It stays pretty true to the original, but has a surprising ending.

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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And learn more about Carolyn Gage Here. 

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)

 

Preventing Environmental Cancer – Protecting Those You Love

Preventing Cancer Telesummit at GreenWomanStore.comOctober is Cancer Awareness Month. 51% of all cancers are environmental, an astonishing new statistic. At Green Woman Store, we believe it’s important to increases our awareness of the environmental causes of cancer — to expose and explore the growing evidence of cancer’s environmental connections.

We interviewed Kristi Marsh, a Breast Cancer Warrior and a Rockstar Advocate! She was diagnosed with aggressive Stage 3 Cancer, and has become a nationally recognized advocate for women’s environmental health. She also wrote a book, “Little Changes” sharing what she learned and steps she took that can help us all deal with toxins in our home, environment, and personal care products — and preventing environmental cancer.

kristi marsh interview on preventing environmental cancers“In 2007, I just wanted ‘just’ to build a better body for my children and myself and it was books that filled my mind. It was books I turned to when I had no more than two people in my life talk about things like endocrine disrupters or GMOS. Too afraid to think everyone else would observe me as woo-woo, out there, or maybe on a crazy post chemo warpath. At the time, I had so many questions and no answers. I had frustrations and few options. And even less options that were hopeful.” Little Changes, 2014 Evergreen Gold Medal Winner!

Preventing Environmental Cancer with Kristi Marsh – Protecting Those You Love. LISTEN TO OUR INTERVIEW HERE

When Kristi was diagnosed, she had 3 children at home. She started with a spreadsheet full of facts about toxins that cause cancer.

little changes by kristi marshIn Kristi’s interview and in her book, she shares woman to woman, the “Little Changes” she made that help us move through the emotions of dealing with toxins in our home, environment, and personal care products. We’re all advocates when we share articles, books, emails, etc., with our friends, family and colleagues. Advocacy is something women do naturally, because we care.

In Kristi’s case, advocacy also means marching on City Hall and Washington D.C., bringing the attention of the press, elected officials, and mainstream women to these issues.

Kristi will encourage you in small meaningful ways to become a role model for others and an advocate for a healthier environment. The good Preventing Cancer Telesummit at GreenWomanStore.comnews she shares is that you don’t have to do this alone. She shares tools, resources, and lessons she learned from her journey from mainstream mom to advocate and educator. She assists us all in creating not just a healthy home, but a better world.

Click on the green box to your right and Sign Up for our Free Telesummit on Preventing Cancer and learn steps you can take to prevent cancer and its recurrance.

You will hear from Scientists, Environmental Researchers, Political Activists, Nutritionists, and Women Survivors. Meet Your Experts here.

 

Rachel Carson and Dioxin – Today’s #1 Toxin

Rachel Carson and DioxinsWhat Would Rachel Carson’s #1 Toxic Chemical be Today? Dioxin

Rachel Carson’s concerns were that toxins “break the connections of life.” Her 1962 book, Silent Spring, began the Environmental Movement in the U.S. Rachel Carson’s warnings were about Chlorinated Hydrocarbons such as DDT, the most dangerous chemical of her time. Today, those same dangerous chlorinated hydrocarbons appear in industrial solvents, pesticides, and our nonstick pans and cookware, patented as Teflon, but now manufactured by many brands.

dioxin paper mill - rachel carson and dioxin blog

Chlorine is used to bleach the paper and the waste is dumped into our lakes and rivers. The chlorine, then bonds to organic matters and creates Organchlorines such as Dioxin.

Today’s #1 toxic chemicals — besides nuclear — are Organochlorides called Dioxins. They are mutagenic, carcinogenic, and have deleterious effects on the environment, and on human reproductive, immune, and nervous systems. Dioxins are the DDT of today!

Dioxins are the by-products of a wide range of manufacturing processes that include smelting, chlorine bleaching of paper pulp, and the manufacturing of some herbicides, germicides and pesticides.

Dioxins are some of the most toxic chemicals known on earth. They commonly appear in our lakes and rivers, in breastmilk, and in our tampons, facial and toilet paper, disposable diapers, and paper towels. Once dioxins enter the body, they last a long time because of their chemical stability and their ability to be absorbed by fat tissue, where they are then stored in the body. More than 90% of human exposure is through food, mainly meat and dairy products, fish and shellfish. Contaminated animal feed is often the root-cause of food contamination. Babies can be exposed through breast milk.

Dioxins are highly toxic and can cause reproductive and developmental problems, damage the immune system, interfere with hormones and also cause cancer. The complications that these products cause may not become evident for years or decades.

“In the early 1990’s, the Endometriosis Association found that 79% of a group of monkeys developed endometriosis after exposure to dioxin in their food during a research study over ten years earlier. The severity of endometriosis found in the monkeys was directly related to the amount of T.C.D.D. (2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin — the most toxic dioxin) to which they had been exposed. Monkeys that were fed dioxin in amounts as small as five parts per trillion developed endometriosis. In addition, the dioxin-exposed monkeys showed immune abnormalities similar to those observed in women with endometriosis.” The Endometriosis Association

Due to the omnipresence of dioxins, all people have background exposure and a certain level of dioxins in their body. Due to the high toxic potential of this class of compounds, the World Health Organization (WHO) says that efforts need to be undertaken to reduce current background exposure.

Actions you can take:

detox-the-box-videoUse non-chlorinated dioxin-free organic tampons and paper products.

Become a Vegan – Save your Self and the World by eating green!

Join and Donate to Women’s Voices’ “Detox the Box” Campaign

Follow and Donate to the Breast Cancer Fund’s “Tips for Prevention” 

Listen FREE to our Preventing Cancer Telesummit: Exposing the Environmental Causes 

Time for a Cup of Tea – Relax and Read

catbookmarkWe have some amazing books in our Bookstore, including titles about the women’s movement, mothering/parenting/family, and building a meaningful life.

Why don’t you pour yourself a hot, steaming mug of tea (jasmine? oolong? lapsang souchong, anyone? maybe plain peppermint for an afternoon pick-me-up?) and browse some of our titles.

You’ll find some of our books that you’ll recognize from television, such as “Orange is the New Black” – the real story behind the series.

Also  find releases from treasured, favorite authors like Sue Monk Kidd:

And as always, thought-provoking and very appropriate books for all ages, for example “Mommy, Mama and Me”

 

Browse around and find something that suits your fancy. Our categories, with wonderful books curated from our friends at People Called Women, include

There’s also a collection of gently-used, pre-owned books that you’d also like to review.

Contact us for specials: on book orders over $30 you may receive free shipping!

Support a Feminist Book Store

PeopleCalledWomenToledoOhioPeople Called Women, a Multicultural Feminist Bookstore in the Toledo, Ohio metropolitan area, has been providing books, unique woman-made gift items, music, social and educational events, meeting space, and resources for Northwest Ohio’ s and Southeast Michigan’s women’s community since 1993. National feminist events, such as the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival and the National Women’s Studies Association annual conference, and the internet have given People Called Women the opportunity to reach feminists throughout the U.S., Canada and other areas of the world. However, surviving as an independent bookstore in today’s market is very difficult.


That’s why shopping at People Called Women is so important.

Not only do you support a woman-owned small business, you help sustain a space that supports women’s organizations and projects, feminist social justice initiatives, educational and cultural programming that empowers diverse girls and women from Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan, and informal meetings of women that inspire innovative thought and reflection on the multitude of socio-economic, political issues affecting women’s lives today.

LoftatPeopleCalledWomenBooksTHE TOP 10 REASONS TO ORDER BOOKS FROM PEOPLE CALLED WOMEN:

10. People Called Women is an independent, woman-owned bookstore.

9. It is one of the few remaining feminist bookstores in the U.S. and Ohio’s only feminist bookstore.

8. It is a physical and online space to discover new books by and about women, as well as older feminist classics.

7. It can quickly fill your Green Woman Store orders.

6. It is a unique feminist space that has supported women artists, craftswomen, and community organizations in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan for over 20 years.

5. It is a cultural space that holds educational events, concerts, book groups, author readings and book signings.

4. It is a political space for feminist collectives, workshops, organizations, and individuals to meet.

3. Its book tables and resources actively support regional and national feminist causes and events.

2. Like many independent bookstores, People Called Women is struggling to survive and needs your support.

1. As feminist and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Gloria Steinem, has said, “If you want to know what you value, look at where you spend your money.”

 

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!

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!

 

 

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!

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!

Multi-Lingual Books: Message for World Book Day

Irina Bokova Director General UNESCO

“Translation is one of the driving principles of our creative diversity, which enriches each language through contact with all the others…Our world needs to understand the diversity of cultures and to develop much stronger intercultural skills in the minds of every man and woman. We need these skills in order to live together in heterogeneous societies. We need them in order to address our common challenges together.”

Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO 

 People Called Women Bookstore is a multi-cultural feminist bookstore.  GreenWomanStore is privileged to have them as our bookseller. We can always trust PCW to make the most timely and informative, woman authored, books available to us. 

One of my favorite Spanish/English children’s books is Words Are Not for Hurting/Las Palabras no son para lastimar by Elizabeth Verdick. Words are Not For Hurting by Elizabeth Verdick

“Words are Not for Hurting,” is a bilingual Spanish/English book where children learn that their words belong to them.  It is an early childhood board book teaching children how to choose words that are helpful, not hurtful.  It introduces positive ways to respond when others say mean or unkind words. This book includes activities and discussion starters for parents, caregivers, and educators. Enjoy!

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10% Off Earth Day Coupon

GreenWomanStore woman made productsApril 22 is International Mother Earth Day, established by the U.N. in 2009.   

People Called Women Books, Toledo, OhioApril 23 is World Book Day. The idea for this celebration originated in Catalonia, Spain, where it has become a tradition to give a Rose as a gift for each book purchased.
 
Please accept our “Rose” of a Coupon for 10% Off your total purchase, including 10% Off the sale price of all Handbags, Totes, and most of our Books. 

Use the Coupon Code “EarthDaySale” at check-out. 
Coupon expires May 8th at midnight.  No minimum!

Thank you for shopping Green and Woman Made!

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!

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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!