A Book Is…

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A Book is like a child to an author. When it goes out into the world, we do not know how it will be received, or how we will be changed through it. Also as every mother and involved father knows, worlds of people open up through one’s child.

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A Mothers’ Agenda

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This is mothers’ agenda: clean air to breathe, safe water to drink, nourishing food, universal education and access to excellent health care, where all have opportunities to develop intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually, where there is compassion and justice, and no one lives in fear of abuse or violence or war.

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When People Don’t Matter

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Appalling things happen to women and girls when we are treated as if we don’t matter, are considered lesser beings, or as the possessions of men.

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What We Do Matters

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Our lives are short, time passes quickly, and we will have our share of suffering and joy. Time, place, skin color, and gender will greatly affect the expectations, opportunities, and limitations placed on us. And yet, if we have a soul, then what we do here in the time we have matters.

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Circles of Nourishment

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I believe every activist needs the nourishment that a circle of women can provide to keep on keeping on.

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Activism is Personal

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This book uses a lot of old-school feminist language. Some people, feminists included, may find the references to patriarchy and the nature of men annoying and possibly even bordering on offensive.

That said, the core purpose of the book is the creation and continuation of UN sponsored conferences focused on women. The author is also very involved in creating women’s circles, most (all?) of which have some form of spirituality as their center, with conversation and activism as an extension of that spirituality.These are good and important things that are worthy of support.

If the occasional discourse on the nature of patriarchy is unappealing, I encourage you to plow through (or skip over) those meandering asides and focus on the actions the author has proposed. Specifically: building community and creating long-standing UN sponsored conferences focused on women.

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Activism is a personal choice. It is a passion for a cause expressed through actions, funding, communication, as well as prayer, rituals, and art.

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