We should not wait for someone else to come and raise our voice. We should do it by ourselves. We should believe in ourselves. Yes, we can do it. One day you will see that all the girls will be powerful; all the girls will be going to school. And it is possible only by our struggle; only when we raise our voice. ~ Malala Yousafzai
On International Women’s Day, there is an opportunity to join the organized global uprising, but the work, the prayers, the blood, sweat, and tears is given every single day.
March, organize, wear red, donate to the causes and organizations that matter, but most importantly show up for yourself, your children, and your sisters. Find ways to uplift and serve those in need. Create powerful foundations in your life that allow you to reach out with ease to those who have been shattered. Be an ally – take the time and due diligence to find out what this truly means. Be responsible for your own education of issues. Ask how you can help.
I bless the founders, organizers, and participants of the Women’s March, the Women’s Strike, and all those who stand on the front lines of woman-centric and social activism every single day. I bless the women who struggle, who are alone in their work, and the raising of their children. I acknowledge that no movement, no social action, can encompass all of those who are marginalized and endangered daily. There is not a magic bean that works for every single person on this planet, so we, each of us, do what we can and what we are called to do.
Here are some links to connect and share:
Voices Rising (free ebook) – a gorgeous offering from Sas Petherick & an inspirational group of women
My Goddess, my Mother, my Source is All. She is the black of the primordial void from which all creation springs forth; She is the brown of the alluvial soil that enriches and sustains; She is the red of life blood pulsing through all living things; She is the white of the moon directing the tides; She is crystal clear and weaves through the world like a great snake. Her skin is dusted with gold, enticing us into Her sacred dance. I see Her in every face, every iteration of the great mass of humanity, every breath of the trees, every stare of the wild beings. She is our essence, our hearts, our creations, and our remembrances. She is our screams, our rage, our grief, and our demands of right action. Goddess. Mother. Source. All. ~ Kimberly Moore
In A Day without a Woman, women are channeling Goddess and taking up the banner of stories that have been told for thousands of years, across cultures, and the world. Goddess mythology is a repository for innate truth, reminding us of the importance of women, their presence, their energy, their SUPER POWERS. Need that reminder? You will find it in sacred texts, repeated stories, and foundational mythology for major world Goddesses.
This truth is so simple: without the power and presence of women, the world will die.
I chose two Goddesses to share: the Orisha Goddess Oshun and the Hindu Goddess Lakshmi. Their stories seemed apropos for today and stand as important reminders for what can happen when Goddess/Women decide to withdraw from the world.
Honor the steps forward taken today for International Women’s Day and A Day Without a Women. With each step, we get closer and closer to the world that we are visioning.
Read the Goddess Myths for Sacred Activism for the Orisha Goddess Oshun and the Hindu Goddess Lakshmi on the full post on MotherHouse of the Goddess.