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Happy International Women's Day March 8, 2018

This particular celebration of Women’s History Month 2018 feels more consequential and portentous than ever before. We have come to a tipping point where the world is focused on the possibility and potential of women’s leadership both in the form of actual women leaders and the inbreaking of the Divine feminine to challenge supremacist worldviews, structures, processes and understandings of power. I am sorry that my Mother, who was born in the year of women’s suffrage (limited though it was!) did not live to see this day.
This moment is different because there has been a concentrated dose of truth-telling, a saturation point where women from a cross sector of spaces – entertainment, business, religion, the arts, and education – have been emboldened to tell their stories. The ubiquity of gendered sexual violence, in graphic detail and various forms, has been shocking even to those of us who have experienced it first hand. Truth is a heavy burden to bear but secrets are a far greater price to pay.
There is a sense among women, and the men who wish to embody a new way of being, that together we can build a new future of human dignity for all people; for women and for others who are marginalized – some in multiple ways and because of identities of all kinds. For those who have eyes to see this new world emerging, there is much work to do around pay equity, presence, and the welcome of the gifts women bring whether in film, in the legislature or the pulpit. As Arundhati Roy would say, “A new world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day I can hear her breathing.” [More from Rev. Dr. Katharine R. Henderson, President, Auburn Seminary]

          Arundhati Roy would say, “A new world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day I can hear her breathing.”




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