womens hertory month

moscow marketplace in winterCelebrating International Women’s Day with women and families around the world is always a delight! I spent March 8, 1986, in the icy snow of Moscow with 16 Women For Peace shopping the kiosks with Russian families.

International Women’s day in Russia is like Christmas in the U.S. Families were shopping for flowers and gifts for Aunties, Babushkas (Grandmothers), Mothers, Sisters, all the women relatives. I was amazed to see such national honoring of the women! If only women’s rights and human rights were honored and protected year round around the world.

Here are some U.S. Women’s HERstory Month 2018 offerings:

“Lakota culture has always been matriarchal. Grandmothers have always provided the tough fabric that weaves our homes and our tribes together. We have no plan to stop anytime soon. We Lakota women have long taken the lead in Native activism. My good friend Phyllis Young and I led in the American Indian Movement and co-founded Women of All Red Nations (WARN). We Lakota women started and led the fight at Standing Rock,and work now to bring renewable energy to Standing Rock.”MadonnaThunderhawk-WomenHerstoryMonth2018

Herstory re-membered by artist, feminist, activist, Max Dashu. Her Breastpot poster reminds us of ceremonial vessels widespread and yet rarely published.

breastpots poster by max dashuMax Dashu’s DVDs are of the bold and creative women you always knew existed. Seeing their reality will change how you think about female humanity.
View the video clip here.

women's power dvd by max dashu

 

Advice for the future:
  • Solidarity now needs to be on maintaining woman centeredness, and also earth centeredness, and living in ways that understand the connections to nature and the earth no matter how much fun is made for doing it.
  • EcoFeminism is a crucially important movement around the world, and already existed among Indigenous Peoples whose women fought back against sexist, racist, and earthist prejudice.
  • It’s important to cut across class lines and make use of the different wisdoms that come from different class positions in the world. This was one of the strongest parts of the 1970s Feminist Movement.
  • Economy is community, spirituality, animals, microbes and environment — what is actually sustaining!
  • Think with Nature in mind and do something, this is how social change comes about — we can do this!
"We should not allow the fear to overtake us." Dr.Asoka Bandarage Women, Sustainability and Climate Change“We should not allow the fear to overtake us.” Dr.Asoka Bandarage, Women, Sustainability and Climate Change
“We should not allow the fear to overtake us. This Climate Crisis is an opportunity to develop our own emotional and spiritual capacity. There is a global consciousness that is shifting to sustainable energy. We need to think about System Change, and equal and sustainable forms of globalization.”
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