A woman on the horse - The mission of creating self authority for women of our time
Women are taking up their equal position in society world-wide with unstoppable momentum.
It has been a long road just to recognise
their equal right to vote: 1881 Isle of Man,
1893 New Zealand, 1917 Canada,
1918 Britain and Germany, 1920 in the USA.
It has been a long road since the Women Liberation Movement of the 60’s to the relative improved conditions for women’s economic and political
equality of today, and there is still a long way to go for
realising true equality between the sexes.
These are the outer fronts of women’s liberation.
But the developmental process of establishing the internal dimension of equality, the individual power of women to be the authority in their inner life –
is happening now.
Women are not taking back their power: they never had it.
The last historical period in which women were the authority is so far back –
it is before what we call history,
in pre-historical times shrouded in mists and legend:
the last we heard of them was the Amazons, a women warrior nation,
between the Stone Age and the Bronze Age,
participated the Troy war about 4,000 years ago. In Ancient Egypt relationship between men and women was still close to equal. Egyptian married couple after death
But since those ancient times humanity was men dominated
for at least 5,000 years ago.
Women power, equality and authority is something new,
the cutting edge of evolution. There were exceptions of course:
Queen of Sheba, partner of King Solomon,1,000 BC, Empress Theodora of Byzantium (6th Century AD);
Queen Elizabeth the 1st of England (16th Century AD);
Tsarina Catherine the Great of Russia (18th Century);
Empress Maria Teresa Habsburg of Austria (18th Century);
Queen Victoria of England(19th Century); and many, many more.
The Amazons, a women warrior tribe 12th century BC:
“Remember, they hate us as no other nation,
for we are to them that which they fear beyond all: women unmastered by men.”
Queen of Sheba, 1,000 BC
“A weak man declares a woman a temptress and orders her to cover herself.
A strong man covers himself and says nothing.”
Joan of Arc (1412-1431)
“One life is all we have and
we live it as we believe in living it.
But to sacrifice what you are and to live without belief, that is a fate more terrible than dying”.
“Act, and God will act”.
Queen Elizabeth the 1st of England (1558-1603)
“Though the sex to which I belong
is considered weak
you will nevertheless find me a rock that bends to no wind.”
we are of the nature of the lion, and can not descend to the destruction of mice and such small beasts”. “Ye may have a greater prince, but ye shall never have a more loving prince”. “A clear and innocent conscience fears nothing”
Empress Maria Teresa Habsburg of Austria (1717-1780)
Holy Roman Empress, achduches of Austria, queen of Hungary & Bohemia, Empress of Germany
“If I could wish for immortality on earth –
it would only be for the power of relieving the distressed”
Tsarina Catherine the Great of Russia (1729-1796)
Empress of all Russia
“You philosophers are lucky men.
You write on paper and paper is patient.
Unfortunate Empress that I am,
I write on the susceptible skins of living beings”.
“I shall bean autocrat: that's my trade.
And the good Lord will forgive me: that's his”. “I have no way to defend my borders but to extend them”. Marie Curie (1867-1934)
pioneering physicist and scientist
“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood.
Now is the time to understand more,
so that we may fear less.”
St Dr Edith Stein (1881-1942)
Philosopher, founder of Einfühlung/Empathy, first PhD on Empathy,
one of the six Co-Patron Saints of Europe
“My longing for truth was a single prayer”. “The world doesn’t need what women have,
it needs what women are.” “The woman’s soul is fashioned as a shelter
in which other souls may unfold.”