The World Will Be Saved By the Western Woman

All women should inform themselves of the condition of their sex and of their own position. It must necessarily follow that the noblest of them will, sooner or later, put forth a moral power which shall prostrate cant, and burst asunder the bonds (silken to some but cold iron to others) of feudal prejudice and usages. In the meantime is it to be understood that the principles of the Declaration of Independence bear no relation to half of the human race? If so, what is the ground of this limitation?
– Harriet Martineau

I was listening to a podcast about the prolific writer, feminist and abolitionist Harriet Martineau this morning and thought quietly to myself, ‘I bet she would have been a blogger if she lived today.’ She wrote more than 2,000 articles in her life, along with some books. Wherever she went, she made enemies but that didn’t shut her up. She kept putting her thoughts out there and when, at the end of her podcast, they summed up what change she had helped bring about in society, they all agreed that she was one of the grandmothers of the suffragette movement (among other things).

This was an archived podcast but seemed so very on point for what is happening now, with women all over the world rising up as one, ‘putting forth their moral power.’ There is talk of the inevitable rise of the divine feminine and the quote you see above by the Dalai Lama has shown up in my newsfeed feed more than once.

One Tarot card in particular springs to mind in relation to all that is happening now: Strength. In this Trump we see a symbolic representation of the quiet and gentle power of woman. She is unafraid and does not need to use violence to achieve her goals. She knows that right is stronger than might and also that might does not make right. When she tames the beast within by, as Martineau says, informing herself of the condition of her sex and position, she will inevitably put forth her moral power.

Those women who said that claimed there was no need for women to march and that they would have no part in it, did so out of ignorance of their own power as well as about ignorance about what is morally right.

Sometimes, I feel that I do so very little to change the world for better but listening to the story about Harriet Martineau’s life and the impact she had by speaking out on behalf of the poor and oppressed, I feel that I must nonetheless persist in my efforts to educate through my writing, as well as pray for women all around the world to awaken to their true power.

I believe that the time has come to give patriarchy the boot. It is crumbling in full view and quickly becoming a laughing-stock to anyone with half a brain. These little white men who pretend to hold the moral high ground, passing laws that regulate our bodies, are doing us a favour by showing us how utterly ridiculous this paradigm has been. But that is not enough. We need a model for how to rebuild the world, with a clear vision of equality, justice and kindness.

And it has to begin with women supporting each other instead of putting each other down.

“I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me”
– John 17:22-23

Love and Blessings,

Lisa Frideborg