By Molly McConnell, founder of Chandra Ma Wellness
“Women have the skills we need to move our culture in a transformative direction.”
— Elizabeth Rabia Roberts
Given the great momentum behind the thousands of women and allies gathering in the streets, the world is awakening. More than ever before, now is the potent time to unfold feminism. We must wrap ourselves in its warmth – surrender to its sanctity. It is time to find security in unity and freedom in fierceness. Now is the time to face each other by facing ourselves and asking, "What does it mean to stand up for our sisters?"
Let’s begin by making an important clarification: Feminism is not about excluding men – or excluding anyone, for that matter; it is about breaking the cycle of systematic disregard, disrespect and exclusion of women. We cannot afford to stop there; feminism is more than emphasizing the inclusion of women, but the inclusion of all marginalized groups based on the intersectional qualities of race, class, religion, gender, sexuality etc. Feminism is about valuing the diversity and complexity that enable us to counter the impeding mono-culture and embrace the range of human existence. In doing so, we create space to prioritize the cultural vibrance of tradition, innovation and creation. Our obligation is to make art, love and history – not money, monopoly or misogyny.
This dangerous shift toward mono-culture cannot last. It is our duty to rise to the occasion before things get worse. Now is the precise moment to stand up tall and to demand to be included; to allow ourselves to take up space, to be seen and to be heard. Now is the time for all of us, because feminism isn’t just about women, it is about everybody. We must allow ourselves to look at the entire experience of this radiant earth, understanding that things exist in relationship to one another. All of the pieces require each other. To love our planet is to love ourselves. To nurture our communities it to nurture our futures. Let your activism be an offering to your children and your children’s children.
More than a love of woman, this momentum stems from a love of humanity – the moment when we remember how to find familiarity in the eyes of strangers, seeing glimpses of our sisters, brothers, children and elders in the souls of all. Feminism is about taking care and communicating clearly. Feminism is so much more than a movement; it is a way of life. We are living for our rights to freedom and personal security. We are valuing the individual’s experience, the emotion, the creativity, the passion, the compassion and the seemingly mundane. We are becoming whole again.
Feminists are refining the art of balance, demonstrating the importance both of being heard and of listening. This is a practice that we have been cultivating since the hunter-gatherer days and deepening with the birth of each new generation. We are the generation now – the most refined, the most ready, the most responsible, to protect and to heal the chaos of this culture.
A world made better for women, is a better world for all. This is our challenge – our purpose. We must save women, to save each other. We must save this planet to save ourselves. And we must save our culture to spare our children. This is what we have been called to do. Feminism is not the conclusion, but the solution – it is the portal into a sustainable, nurturing and empowered existence for all.
Now is the time to do what we can do to make change NOW. What is your contribution? What are your skills and how can you use them to serve your community and the globe? Your genuine contribution – whatever it is – is important, valued and honored. All of these pieces that make up this experience require each other, where is your best fit?
Deepen your exploration....Check out these resources to learn more!
Feminism is for Everybody by bell hooks
Transforming Scholarship: Why Women’s and Gender Study Students are Changing Themselves and the World by Michele Tracy Berger and Cheryl L. Radeloff
Looking to get involved and inspired? My new friend and teacher, Elizabeth Rabia Roberts has put in the time as a lifelong feminist, activist and peacekeeper. She is also a storyteller with an incredible range of experiences to share. There is so much wisdom to be absorbed here. These are the shoulders we humbly stand on, to reach further – to reach out, far beyond our singular grasp. In gratitude for those who have come before us, we will now pave the way for those who come after us. If this engages you, consider joining one of her inspiring and activating seminars about where women have been and we can go if you empower each other and ourselves.
Note that Feminist Methodology embodies reflexivity of personal, locational and situational awareness. It does not ask for complete objectivity because these methods understand the value of the individual.
Molly McConnell is the founder of Chandra Ma Wellness, a blog dedicated to exploring the healing wisdom of Ayurveda, while sharing practical tips to live a more balanced life. In addition, she sources inspiration from the intersections of feminism, Montessori & sacred spirituality. As a 500 RYT, Molly has found a home for herself guiding yoga classes at Earth Yoga Boulder, working with private clients & facilitating mindfulness for kids! She strives to create a nurturing environment where students feel both supported & challenged to connect to their most authentic selves. After spending several years wandering the globe, she is grateful to have grounded into the Boulder community as she pursues study of Ayurvedic medicine at Alandi Ashram.