The Need for Women’s Voices in the World

Galveston Island, TX ; Photo by Barbara Mattio

” This is how love is: So what if your head must roll,

What is there to cry about?”    —-Kabir

“In proportion as one simplifies one’s life,

the laws of the Universe will appear less

complex, and solitude will not be solitude,

nor poverty poverty, nor weakness weakness.       —Thoreau

If we were to remove all mention of women from the history of the world’s major religions, the history of these religions would not undergo the slightest change. Removing all male’s names would destroy religion. The presence of feminine mystics and holy women has never altered the course of religious history or changed its direction at all.

Most people assume that our religions were equally representative of the feminine psyche is an assumption that finds no footing in our religious histories. To change religions and spiritual paths to be inclusive of the female energy and spirit. Women need to continue to take the forefront of spiritual experience in our modern world. We need to take the lead in making spiritual paths more accepting of women and protective of women and children.

Gulf of Mexico,  Photo by Barbara Mattio

Women at the head of spiritual paths and walking along their own spiritual journey can begin to change some of the horrors women and children find themselves living in. I am speaking of Human Traffeting in children, genital mutilation, marrying 10 year old children. We as women need to teach more about love and acceptance and less about hatred and violence. Women have the ability to look at the big picture of what is happening in our world and to make the needed changes.

Things like micro loans, education, feeding a village buy buying the villagers a goat or seeds to plant to grow their own food. Women need to take the lead in the global climate control. It is our time to step forward and speak up. It is our time to make the haters, the greedy, the ones’s who take advantage of the poor, elderly and homeless pay for their crimes.  We need to step forward to show that our priorities are more than monetary. They are people, peace and the end of wars.

The Beauty of Mother Earth


11 thoughts on “The Need for Women’s Voices in the World

  1. reflectionsonlifethusfar says:

    Beautiful picture and your sentiments are very true. History and religions are terrible for including women’s voices and experiences.

  2. I agree with you wholeheartedly, but I too want to be a part of that change. I am not a woman, but if you will permit me, I’m right there with you! It is so depressing that so often, women reach positions of power by behaving exactly like men and then making things even worse – (I’m thinking Margaret Thatcher here as I’m in UK). It is even more depressing that women’s liberation in the UK, seems to have turned into women’s right to behave exactly like men and take control of and profit from the commodification of their bodies as some kind of empowerment. It may be exploiting men’s weakness, but it is not what the struggles of the women’s movement were fought for. There is plenty more work to be done by both genders and those in-between. Feminism has become a dirty word in the UK, and I think it has been a deliberate policy to make women think the struggle is over. Meanwhile sex-trafficking grows every year, and most pop stars are actually porn stars. We need to replace patriarchy not with matriarchy, but with sister/brotherhood, true equality and peace – spiritual values, yes, not material and capitalist economics, which inevitably lead to exploitation and commodification of women and children, greed, violence and war.


    • I really enjoyed reading your comment. Feminism is something many women became reluctant. Young women didn’t even understand they were not second class citizens. I have been a feminist since the 70’s.I do think we are at a place where we need to become equal and then humans with each other and the Universe. I have a past post dedicated to feminist men. Thank you for entering the conversation.

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  5. Reblogged this on idealisticrebel and commented:

    From my archives

  6. Occasionally I read something that brings me to a moment of epiphany, such as these words of yours: “Women need to continue to take the forefront of spiritual experience in our modern world. We need to take the lead in making spiritual paths more accepting of women and protective of women and children.”
    Too often we women have looked to the past, to yesterday’s religions, in hopes of finding a mentor or a guide there. It seems we are being called to be our own mentors, our own guides at this time. Much to ponder and to do!

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