The New Group of World Servers Journal
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Aren't We There Yet?
I learned three things that surprised me in my research for this issue; that women still have a long way to go to reach equality in many areas of life (the “womens movement” stalled out in the 90's); that we all have unconscious gender biases that effect women unfairly in countless ways; and that the vast majority of people in the world are tired of the way men have been running things and think it would be a better place if EVERYONE developed characteristics that are universally thought of as being feminine – among them being collaborative, inclusive, and flexible.
I hope you will all – men and women – take the time to watch the videos included, but most especially the one from Stanford called “Leveling the Playing Field”. Shelly Correll discusses studies that show how biased we are in ways that will, I believe, surprise you. Until we realize the reality of how things actually work in our relationships with one another, we will have no chance to make the changes needed.
This has not been an “angry feminist” journey – but a hopeful and positive human one. It has given me a clear sense of the things that need to be done. I hope it has the same effect on you. Have a wonderful July!
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“She says it is the small things that matter.
"Women’s rights are still human rights," Hillary Clinton said at the fourth annual Women in the World Summit—"and we must seize this moment for change."
"...We had to make the case to the whole world that creating opportunities for women and girls advances security and prosperity for everyone. So we relied on the empirical research that shows that when women participate in the economy, everyone benefits. When women participate in peace-making and peace-keeping, we are all safer and more secure. And when women participate in politics of their nations they can make a difference.
But as strong a case as we’ve made, too many otherwise thoughtful people continue to see the fortunes of women and girls as somehow separate from society at large. They nod, they smile and then they relegate these issues once again to the sidelines. I have seen it over and over again, I have been kidded about it, I have been ribbed, I have been challenged in boardrooms and official offices across the world.
But fighting to give women and girls a fighting chance isn’t a nice thing to-do. It isn’t some luxury that we get to when we have time on our hands to spend. This is a core imperative for every human being in every society. If we do not continue the campaign for women’s rights and opportunities, the world we want to live in, the country we all love and cherish, will not be what it should be.
It is no coincidence that so many of the countries that threaten regional and global peace are the very places where women and girls are deprived of dignity and opportunity. Think of the young women from northern Mali to Afghanistan whose schools have been destroyed. Or of the girls across Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia who have been condemned to child marriage. Or of the refugees of the conflicts from eastern Congo to Syria who endure rape and deprivation as a weapon of war.
It is no coincidence that so many of the countries where the rule of law and democracy are struggling to take root are the same places where women and girls cannot participate as full and equal citizens. Like in Egypt, where women stood on the front lines of the revolution but are now being denied their seats at the table and face a rising tide of sexual violence..."
"There's a benefit to including women, there's a benefit to considering women, there's a benefit to writing about women, and there's a benefit to having women included in everything."
"I need feminism because a woman has to stand for 13
hours, cannot eat, cannot drink, cannot stop speaking,
cannot relieve herself, and cannot have assistance with a
back brace just to prove to a group of predominantly men
that we need our reproductive rights."
"I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up,
What would I do if I weren't afraid?
"What would you do if you weren’t afraid? The central question from Sheryl Sandberg’s book “Lean In” - and the thrust of this amazingly inspiring video. Whatever that thing is, just go do it. You should be far more afraid of looking back in a decade with regret at all the time you wasted. (Trust me.)"
The Role of Women in Changing the World
What I am noticing right now about the role of women in the world is that it is being taken seriously as the solution to the economic, ecological and social crises of today. A new study released this September on violence against women conducted over four decades and in 70 countries reveals the mobilization of feminist movements is more important for change than the wealth of nations, left-wing political parties, or the number of women politicians.
The book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn helped to bring the importance of the role of women to mainstream thinking. Development monies now go to grassroots women where in the past they went to patriarchal structures that did not get down to the communities who lived the problems and knew the solutions.
Women, especially grassroots women, are becoming involved in setting policies that put families, communities and the environment first. Women’s empowerment is not just a buzz word, it is the new thinking.
Laurie McCammon and I are co-writing a book called Enough: The Rise of the Feminine and the Birth of the New Story. The role of women as being enough and having enough to change the world is the central theme throughout, and is substantiated through the telling of stories of women and girls from around the globe. This book inspires women and girls to claim they are enough and to utilize their feminine power both locally and globally. It inspires men to support the role of women on all levels of society.
Women and girls claiming their feminine power brings balance. It transforms patriarchy into structures of grace that are inclusive and respect diversity, empowering all to become co-creators of a new way of being on Earth that honors all life. Extensive global research done by John Gerzema and Michael D’Antonio in the Athena Doctrine tested the gender associations of 125 attributes among 64,000 men and women. They found the business world is decisively moving toward feminine power. The feminine attributes of power found in their research are: collaboration, judgment, diversity, intuition, partnership, listening, inclusiveness, flexibility, selflessness and loyalty. The role of women gives birth to a new story of peace and justice for all in ways we could not imagine ten years ago.
A new day is here where the role of women as knitters and weavers mends divisions and brings meaningful connections. Women story-tellers proclaim the good news and inspire others to know we are enough to make a difference. Women as nurturers love people of all ages into becoming their best selves. Women with their mother bear courage say enough is enough to all forms of oppression. Women as care-takers and entrepreneurs bring peace and sustainability to their families, communities and the planet.
Together we are enough to co-create a better world and it is happening now. And so it is.
Ann Smith is co-Founder of We Are Enough, Circle Connections, Co-Convener of Millionth Circle Initiative, Vice President of Happehatchee Center and Regional Coordinator of Gather The Women. She has served for over 30 years in international organizations specializing in women’s empowerment education and training, feminist theology and circle processes. She is co-author of Stories From the Circle, Women Prints, Women’s Round Calendar and editor and contributor of Women’s Book of Uncommon Prayer. She and Laurie McCammon are co-writing Enough: The Rise of the Feminine and the Birth of the New Story. She lives in Naples, Florida with her husband, daughter and teenage grandson.
I AM ENOUGH.
I have the skills, talents, wisdom, ideas, and heart the world needs.
I HAVE ENOUGH.
I am safe. And I have more than I think I have,
WE ARE ENOUGH.
I don’t need to do it alone any more. I have your
back and you have mine.
WE HAVE ENOUGH.
By pooling our talents, power, passions and
resources, we ensure
Together, we stand in our power to claim our stake in
a future which
“...fighting to give women and girls a fighting chance isn’t a nice thing to-do. It isn’t some luxury that we get to when we have time on our hands to spend. This is a core imperative for every human being in every society. If we do not continue the campaign for women’s rights and opportunities, the world we want to live in, the country we all love and cherish, will not be what it should be..”
Bridging the Feminine and Masculine in Business:
The journey began with a dream.
In it I am running away from a burning city, clutching a candle, looking back, wanting to desperately return to what was once familiar, safe and comfortable. But I cannot. As I run, I come to the edge of a cliff. Too terrified to jump, I find myself gently pushed off by an unseen hand, spiraling slowly through the air and—in slow motion—landing on a soft grassy knoll. A voice speaks to me from the depths of my awareness. “Amber, you have arrived in a new kingdom. Here the rules are different. Here we live and breathe from a place of love. The old kingdom you came from burned from fear and greed.”
With that dream, I awoke to a new world. Just a few months before, I had experienced the painful collapse of my previous company, a multi-million dollar enterprise that had risen like a meteor in the early 2000's, pioneering a global vision for ecommerce—only to crash and close its doors within 7 years. Left behind in the rubble of devastation was the memory of a once visionary company that had received the accolades of the venture capital community with investments of $40 million dollars in its first year of operation, a company valued at $100 million dollars before it had even made one sale, one celebrated by the media and PR world for its pioneering global work and recognized as an emerging leader in the socially responsible business community. As co-founder and spokesperson, I spiraled down with the company, caught up in the breathless unraveling of this once bold entrepreneurial vision. Within a few months, my co-founder/business partner died of a sudden heart attack.
There were many lessons to be learned from the company’s accelerated collapse. Over the next painful months as I searched for answers and reflected on the gnawing question of what had happened, I journeyed into a world that offered sobering insights. In questioning some of the iconic assumptions that supported patriarchal paradigms for business, I understood the inherently unsustainable nature of businesses that were solely motivated by a frenetic testosterone drive and fast-paced trajectories of growth culminating in short-term quarterly performance cycles. These were businesses built upon the shaky foundations of fear and greed that carried a singular appetite for profit at all costs, impatient and aggressive in their drive to succeed; businesses that drew their inspiration from the Darwinian Law of the ‘survival of the fittest’ and succumbed to the seduction of virulent competition and paranoia; businesses for whom the market was regarded as a battleground for conquest and domination. The only other example of unbridled and devouring growth of this kind I could think of was cancer.
In the midst of this exhausting
scenario of dysfunction came the whisperings of a gentler but
nonetheless powerful vision of a new kind of 21st century
business—one that sought a balanced and sober approach to growth,
recognized and honored feminine principles as critical to its
success, and explicitly invoked Love and Service as the foundation
for its mission in the world. This new kind of enterprise is
decisive, action-oriented, focused and strategic (masculine), as
well as intuitive, empathetic, collaborative and inspirational
(feminine). Its success lies in its capacity to create relationships
built upon trust and transparency, not suspicion and secrecy. Its
actions, infused with respect and goodwill to all its
stakeholders—including customers, employees, suppliers, the
environment—does not readily dissipate into callous
self-centeredness. Here, the values of connectedness and partnership
are upheld as sound guiding principles and celebrated as a strategic
path to success. Reverence and humility are its hallmarks...
Visionary leader, social entrepreneur, gifted writer and inspirational speaker, Amber Chand is a global woman with roots in India, Africa, Europe and America. Her mission to celebrate women as a force for peace and prosperity has shaped her compassionate global voice. Amber has been inducted into the Business Women’s Hall of Fame, Bay Path College, Massachusetts; voted Entrepreneur of the Month by Inc Magazine; and had her Rwanda Journals published in Marie Claire Magazine. She has appeared in various media including CNN, NPR and the Herald Tribune. Amber lives in the Berkshires in Massachusetts. To learn more about her work, please visit www.amberchand.com, www.womenspeacecollection.com and www.prosperitycandle.com
Half the Sky:
A trailer for the movie
This is a trailer for a four-hour television series for PBS and international broadcast, shot in 10 countries: Cambodia, Kenya, India, Sierra Leone, Somaliland, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Liberia and the U.S. Inspired by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn's book, the documentary series introduces women and girls who are living under some of the most difficult circumstances imaginable — and fighting bravely to change them.
Traveling with intrepid reporter Nicholas Kristof and A-list celebrity advocates America Ferrera, Diane Lane, Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan, Gabrielle Union and Olivia Wilde, the film reflects viable and sustainable options for empowerment and offers an actionable blueprint for transformation.
Why Society Still Needs Feminism
Because to men, a key is a device to open something. For women, it’s a weapon we hold between our fingers when we’re walking alone at night.
Because the biggest insult for a guy is to be called a “pussy,” a “little bitch” or a “girl.” From here on out, being called a “pussy” is an effing badge of honor.
Because last month, my politics professor asked the class if women should have equal representation in the Supreme Court, and only three out of 42 people raised their hands.
Because rape jokes are still a thing.
"Color holds a fascination for me that I am sure I will spend a lifetime discovering. The dance of light: of strong contrast and reflective shadow, the pushing of color a step beyond reality ~ these are some of the elements that I work with to create beauty." Lynda Hoffman-Snodgrass - Raven House Arts
Feminine Energy — Transforming a Masculine World
I wonder how many men ran from the title of this column. I’m fortunate to say that most of the men I know wouldn’t. With the publication of Lean In written by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, there’s an abundance of fevered talk about gender issues and the workplace. In her neo-feminist book she tells women they should not let career take a back seat to family and marriage. She wants women to come together to discuss and understand the stereotypes that are holding them back.
“Lean On” was the pronounced theme of the fourth annual Women in the World Summit held in April in New York. The summit encouraged women to “lean on” corporations, courts, governments, fathers, boyfriends, male acquaintances, etc. to stand up and stop the persecution of women worldwide.
As a woman, it’s uplifting to witness the swells of women’s groups emerging in unity and making conscious decisions to end abuse — both self-induced and other-induced. I’m reminded of a group of women in the Pico-Aliso area of Los Angeles, who walked together through the dark streets filled with eight different gangs. Often to the sound of ceaseless shooting, they “would move to hotspots, and their gentle praying and singing presence would calm the gang members ready for battle,” Gregory Boyle wrote in his book, Tattoos on the Heart.
Ordinary women, with a single-minded purpose, walking into danger to help calm and transform out-of-control male energy. Powerful.
Women are powerful, yet throughout history we have had to fight for equality in a male-dominated world. That is changing. After centuries of being oppressed and victimized, women are saying, “No more.”
Individually and collectively, we are refusing to agree to this archaic and destructive mindset. In fact, the opportunity to heal and recover from ancient wounds is staring us in the face. It is taking place through the inward balancing of feminine and masculine energies within each of us.
Male energy is the part of us that is outwardly focused, goal-oriented and acts as a strong creative force. Female energy in each of us is focused inwardly. It is receptive and desires to bring forth new thoughts and ideas to the outer world. Both energies act together with the male energy, defining, shaping and helping the female energy to manifest form in the outer world.
When the two energies connect and complement each other, they become one powerful evolutionary force. However, when the two energies battle each other, it weakens both, causing duality and conflict. Inner conflict then results in the feminine energy being repressed and victimized and the masculine energy resorting to anger, aggression and violence. This is the main cause of all dark emotions, wars and terrorist attacks...
Susan Ann Darley, Noozhawk Columnist, is a creativity/business coach and author. She works with business organizations and individuals to consciously create an environment from which creativity and innovation flourish.
The Athena Doctrine:
The Athena Doctrine authors John Gerzema and Michael D'Antonio speak about the ideas put forth in their new best-selling book The Athena Doctrine: “In a world that’s increasingly social, interdependent and transparent, feminine attributes such as empathy, collaboration and communication are ascendant.
The shift towards the feminine does not portend “the end of men,” but it does suggest a natural balancing that vastly increases the capacity of both men and women to solve problems and create a good life. In our surveys, 81 percent of people say that man or woman, you need both masculine and feminine traits to thrive in today’s world—and we found that people who think in a more feminine way are nearly twice as optimistic about their future. From this point of view, an embrace of feminine values can be thought of as a competitive advantage, not unlike a breakthrough technology, or a major market insight. And data from our survey revealed that countries whose citizens think in a more feminine way have a higher per capita GDP and higher reported quality of life.
We all, male and female, innately possess feminine qualities
like empathy, candor and selflessness—the difference lies in which of us choose
to suppress those qualities, and which choose to leverage them to establish a
more open, more flexible, and ultimately happier society. This is what The Athena Doctrine is all about.”
Watch a TED TALK by John Gerzema on The Athena Doctrine
Watch John Gerzema speak at TEDxKC about the amazing research and stories
Informally, and in countless ways, they are following The Athena Doctrine, named after the Greek Goddess, the warrior whose strength came from wisdom and fairness. All over the world, people are deploying feminine thinking and values to make their lives, and the world, better."
"Now, in a time of transformative change — from the rise of new economic powers to a growing chorus of voices against repressive regimes…promoting the status of women is not just a moral imperative but a strategic one; it's essential to economic prosperity and to global peace and security"
Research intelligence -
Researchers - their skills honed over years of training in the scientific method - often see themselves as less susceptible to bias than the public. “I judge people solely on merit” is a common response by senior academics asked about their hiring practices. But that idea was discredited in September when a US study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences showed that in academia, gender bias is implicit.
In the study, Yale University researchers asked 127 scientists at six universities to review identical Cvs (Cirriculum Vitae – similar to a resumé but more comprehensive) purporting to belong to senior undergraduate students that had been randomly assigned male or female names.
The researchers found that in considering the applicants for a laboratory manager position, staff consistently judged male candidates to be more competent and deserving of an extra $4,000 (£2,475) pay on average. They were also more willing to provide male applicants with mentoring and were more likely to hire them.
Women in the study were just as likely as men to make these judgements, and scientists responded no better than control groups.
The research is the latest in a long line of studies to show that despite legislation and greater awareness about the importance of equality, it is not just practical issues such as childcare that continue to prevent women from reaching the top echelons of academia: gender bias is unconscious and pervasive.
Some institutions are beginning to realise the importance of tackling unconscious attitudes...
Elizabeth Gibney joined Times Higher Education as a science and research reporter in 2012, with particular responsibility for
postgraduates and early career researchers, knowledge transfer, computing and medical research. She is responsible for reporting on the Americas, the EU and research in the UK
and she has written for The Sunday Times and New Scientist.
"Leveling the Playing Field"
From the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University:
In many ways, the playing field of work is still tilted in favor of men. Stanford Professor Shelley Correll explains how errors in judgment and evaluation contribute to a gap in opportunities for women. Evaluations are the gatekeepers to opportunities, promotions, and recognition. It’s natural to look for shortcuts with so much information to process every day. However, when you rely on your gut instincts as a shortcut to make decisions, mistakes can happen.
In this talk, Correll explains how to create solutions that scrutinize the ways individuals and organizations make decisions about people and relationships in order to reduce errors. Doing so, you'll create environments where people have opportunities to do their best and be recognized for their work.
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"Woman must not accept; she must challenge. She must not be awed by that which has been built up around her; she must reverence that woman in her which struggles for expression."
No More Steubenvilles:
What can we do to help young men respect women, recognize consent,
When Max was just a few months old, I sat cross-legged on the floor with him in a circle of other mothers. The facilitator for our “Mommy and Me” playgroup would throw a question out to the group, and we would each volley back an answer.
“What quality do you want to instill in your child? What personality characteristic would you most like for your son to be known for?” she asked.
One by one, the mothers answered. “Athletic”, “Good sense of humor”, “Brave”, “Smart”, “Strong”.
The answers blended together until it was my turn to speak. I looked down at the tiny human wiggling around on the blanket in front of me, his perfectly round nose, his full lips that mirrored mine. I stroked the top of his very bald head, and said with confidence: “kind”.
I want my son to grow up to be kind.
The eyes of the other mothers turned toward me. “That’s not always a word that you hear used for boys” one said. “But yes, you’re right … so I guess, me too”. At the end of the day, we wanted our tiny, fragile, helpless baby boys to grow up to be kind. Strong, resilient, athletic, funny … but above all else, kind.
Max is almost 4 years old. He knows nothing about the horrific things that young men did to a young woman on the saddest night that Steubenville, Ohio, has ever seen. He doesn’t know, but I sure do. I know that someone’s daughter was violated in the most violent way possible, by someone’s son. By many sons. The blame for that night falls squarely on the shoulders of the young men who made terrible choices, but it also falls in the laps of their parents.
Kim Simon can be found telling the truth about motherhood on her blog http://mamabythebay.com She lives with her husband and two young sons in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Me Too: A Letter to Steubenville’s Jane Doe
After her essay on raising boys to respect women went viral, an incredible outpouring of support gave author Kim Simon the courage to tell the story she really wanted to share: how her own healing from rape came from knowing she wasn’t alone. Read this moving story on Yes Magazine's website.
Switch Hitting: How Women's Soaring Economic Power is Changing Men and Fatherhood
Women now represent half the U.S. workforce: While many struggles remain, it's clear that most women have learned to switch hit—to play equally well in the workforce as in the family. Men, however, are only just starting to swing for the home team...
She let her words fly forth as blessings
Like white birds cheering the heart.
In the shelter of Bear’s arms she let go of her fears.
Her words became like birds and flew away
Becoming something unexpected.
On a recent Sunday my husband and I were installing my new old Griffin etching press into my studio. The press weighs about 600 pounds, so once I decided the placement this is where it would stay. No pressure. Just when I settle on an inch here, an inch there, and I say “I think this is good” my cell phone rang. Even though I was right in the middle of making decisions and cleaning the studio and moving furniture to fit the press in, and my husband was looking at me like “okay now we have to get the press off the rollers” and the music was rocking, I answered my phone, which is not something I would normally do when I am busily engaged in a project.
The woman on the line said her name was Robin and that she was trying to place an order on my web site but she couldn’t get it to work. I asked her what part is not working and tried to pin point the problem. She began to cry. I turned off the music and held up my hand as a signal to my husband that I needed to deal with this call right now and the press would have to wait, even though I had waited two and a half years for this press.
Robin told me that she was in stage IV cancer and was in hospice care and that she just couldn’t seem to follow the steps to complete the order. She shared with me how much she has loved my work and that my images made her less fearful about her death. She said that she had a little money left and that she wanted to buy my work to give as gifts and thank-yous to the people she loved and to all the people who had helped her through this dying process. She wanted me to send the prints and cards overnight to Portland where she lived. I told her that I could do that and she gave me her order over the phone. She placed a large order and said that the giclee print of “She Let Her Words Fly Forth as Blessings like White Birds Cheering the Heart” (above) is one that she was keeping for herself because it makes her feel safe and held and had a healing quality that spoke to her heart. I was feeling choked up and very honored by what Robin was sharing with me. I asked her if there was no chance to beat this cancer and she says not at this point, there was only a little time left to her. When she said this I suddenly saw her surrounded by luminous beings with their arms outstretched waiting to catch and help her. I had only known Robin for fifteen minutes but I saw this image in my mind’s eye very clearly. So, I believe her. I told her about the vision I saw around her. She got teary and I got teary. I told her that I would get the order in the mail the first thing in the morning. We said our heartfelt thank-yous and goodbyes.
When I hung up the phone I knew that I was going to drive to Portland even though I couldn’t afford to take the time...
Denise Kester is a renowned teacher and international artist. She has been teaching workshops and classes for 20 years in the creative arts including monoprinting, collage, mixed media, and book arts. She has presented “Awaken Amplify and Sustain your Inner Artist” with Jean Houston’s Seminars and Women of Wisdom conferences of Seattle Washington. She has been an Artist in Residence at the Horace Mann School of New York. She has been exhibiting and selling her original works since 1985. She is a recent featured artist on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Art Beat.
"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
My own list of heroes...
There are so many amazing women whose individual work we could discuss or show, that it would be impossible to know where to begin or end, but I just can't finish this issue without making mention of a few of the women I especially admire, knowing you will have wonderful lists yourself that are entirely different...
Dr. Vandana Shiva - Besides being a physicist, ecologist, activist, editor and author of numerous books, Dr. Vandana Shiva is a tireless defender of the environment. She is the founder of Navdanya, a movement for biodiversity conservation and farmers' rights – working to save seed diversity and freedom. "I don't want to live in a world where five giant companies control our health and our food."
Annie Leonard – The Story of Stuff, “When Annie Leonard and her friends at Free Range Studios set out in 2007 to share what she’d learned about the way we make, use and throw away Stuff, they thought 50,000 views would be a good result for her ‘20-minute cartoon about trash.’ Today, with over 15 million views and counting,
The Story of Stuff
is one of the most watched environmental-themed online movies of all time.”
Amy Domini is an American investment adviser and author known for her work in "social investing". As one of the founders of KLD Research & Analytics, Inc., she helped created the Domini 400 Social Index, a stock market index selected according to a set of social and environmental standards. Since its inception in 1990, the Domini 400 has outperformed the S & P 500 on a cumulative basis. Her latest book is "Socially Responsible Investing: Making Money While Making a Difference".
Wangari Maathai was the founder of the Green Belt Movement and the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. She authored four books: The Green Belt Movement Unbowed: A Memoir The Challenge for Africa; and Replenishing the Earth. Since 1977, GBM communities have planted over 51 million trees.
Amy Goodman is an American broadcast journalist, syndicated columnist, investigative reporter and author. Goodman is the host of Democracy Now!, an
independent global news program broadcast daily on radio, television and the Internet.