REINVENTION OF WOMEN IN THE 21ST CENTURY

DrSpirit
Posted September 11, 2019 from United States

Considering the earth is around 4.5 billion years old, it was not long ago when women were recognized as major contributors to society, a matriarchal society.  Times changed and a patriarchal energy replaced the community structure in Egypt.  There need not be a segregation of whether women or men are the major decision makers.  A more realistic scenario is when there is a balance of the female and male blessings that create a holistic society model. 

It is difficult to realize if a feminine and masculine balanced society existed when humans first colonized the earth.  Although, recorded history does reveal where an Egyptian matriarchal society occurred from prehistoric time until about 3000 BC (before Christ) reported Asoka Selvarajah.  It was interesting to discover where Isis was considered a composite Goddess and began their agricultural practices.  In these matriarchal times, women had authority over their husbands and the ladies went to the market to conduct business. 

Around 3000 BC, Egypt was invaded and the feminine based ecosystem began to shift towards a male dominated society.  Women’s freedoms were stifled as a wife became dominated by her husband.  The kinship of the children shifted from the mother to the father’s descendent ancestral line.  By 1570 BC, women were no longer able to choose their own partners as in the past.  The shift in gender dominance wafted from the Eastern to the Western countries.     

Corrina Laughlin’s 2011 titled “5 Successful Societies Run By Women”, reveals there are cultures in the world where women may hold dominant roles in society.  In the Ede villages in Vietnam, women own property that is passed to their daughters and are the ones to propose to the husbands.  Chinese, Mosuo women run the household and make the business decisions.  The Native American Hopi Indian women hold most of the power and predominantly organize their societies “matrilinerarly”. 

Laughlin’s Papua New Guinea Chambri women provide for their families and control many parts of the culture.  At the same time there is an equal balance of power among the genders.  This sharing the responsibilities based on skill levels may be the best strategy for sustainability.      

Pachamama Alliance reports where the Amazon indigenous female dominated culture exists.  The women perform the majority of the activities as the men work to protect the dominant gender.  These women were a powerful force that prevented big oil from exploiting their forests.    

Cynthia Eller’s book, The Mother of Us All: Gentlemen and Amazons: The Myth of Matriachal Prehistory, 1861-1900, revels where social structures in “Germany, Great Britain, and the United States” are already evolving as there may have been primitive matriarchy in existence the 1860s.  Perhaps the best strategy may be to establish equality that exists between women and men.  

There are strong indicators where matriarchy may be flourishing in the United States.  A survey of American businesses revealed information where gender equality improved the corporate environment.  The 2013 McKinsey survey reveals companies preformed significantly better when women were represented in executive committees.  For example; a 47 percent increase in the return on equity and 55 percent increase in average earnings before interest and tax deductions occurred when women were represented in higher levels of the corporate ladder. 

The Fourth Annual State of Women-Owned Business Report brought to light where women are starting 1,288 (net) new businesses per day.  This number has doubled the rate from only three years ago.  The estimated number of women-owned firms in the United States have reached 9.1 million and generate more than $1.4 trillion in revenue while employing up to 7.9 million people. 

The 2011, Women in America: Indicators of Social and Economic Well-Being reported that around three out of the five American adults that live in households are headed by married couples.  The dominant share of single-head of households are managed by single women (14 percent) compared to those managed by a single man (6 percent).  It is clear that a balance of male and female are working together in head-of-household.  At the same time, single women are out performing single men with their ability to manage the household.

The 21st century is a historic time where the matriarchy/feminine social structure may be evolving in the United States.  Following the trends over the next century will allow us to understand the demographics and stability of this trend.  Ideally, developing a balance between where females and males moving together in harmony may be the best strategy for a sustainable world.    

Elizabeth Armstrong, PhD is an author and owner business owner.  Book “Align With The Wild”. 

References

Devillard, Sandrine, Sandra Sancier, Charlotte Werner, Ina Maller, and Cécile Kossoff.  2013.  Gender diversity in top management: Moving corporate culture, moving boundaries.    McKinsey&Company.  Women Matter Report.

Eller, Cynthia.  2011.  The Mother of Us All: Gentlemen and Amazons: The Myth of Matriachal Prehistory, 1861-1900.  Women’s Review of Books.  University of California Press, Berkeley, California. 

Laughlin, Corrina.  2011.  5 Successful Societies Run By Women.  Online: <http://utopianist.com/2011/06/5-societies-run-by-women-and-what-we-can-learn-from-them/>

Jarrett, Valerie and Christina Tchen.  2011.   Women in America: Indicators of Social and Economic Well-Being.  U.S. Department of Commerce Economics and Statistics Administration and the Executive Office of the President Office of Management and Budget. 

Selvarajah, PhD., Asoka.  In Search Of The Feminine Archetype.  Online: <http://www.circlesoflight.com/asoka/asoka5.shtml>

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Hello, DrSpirit,

This is such an empowering post. Thank you for sharing examples of how a society or a company thrive well under women leadership. Cheers to women leaders!

DrSpirit
Sep 13
Sep 13

Thank You Karen for your response. Women hold so much power with their unique gifts. I feel it is so important for women to feel the confidence to share what they hold within their skill set. I believe we may get distracted by what is not really important. What is important is our contributions to the World.
Abundant Blessings.

HusnaMurad
Sep 12
Sep 12

Thank you for your important posting.We need to dominate our own activities, duties, roles instead of dominating other human beings (male or female) and/ countries for deserving a civilized century.
Love & best wishes

DrSpirit
Sep 13
Sep 13

Thank you Husna, for your response. I completely agree with you about dominating our behavior for a civilized century. I believe even those that have physical or mental challenges and those that are underprivileged have many talents to share with the world. Keep up your great work.
Abundant Blessings.

Jill Langhus
Sep 13
Sep 13

Hi Dr. Liz,

How are you doing, dear? What a fascinating and informative post! Thanks so much for sharing. I love the Pachamama Alliance, too. I totally agree that balance is the way to go all the way. There are strengths in both genders. It's so interesting that they're doing studies now in the U.S. on equality. Glad to hear it and I hope the old, outdated corporate structures will soon be dismantled so that equality, women and men, and their strengths can be implemented and embraced once and for all.

Hope you're doing well, and having a great Friday!

XX

DrSpirit
Sep 13
Sep 13

Thank You Jill, for responding to my post. There are so many more women than men getting degrees from colleges and starting their own businesses. Women are stepping up and showing what they are capable of.

I feel you are doing a great job by bringing beauty through fashion into the lives of girls and women. It only takes a little compassion to lift and empower them/us.

Keep up your great work. Abundant Blessings.

Jill Langhus
Sep 13
Sep 13

You're welcome:-)

Yes, it's great to see all the women stepping up.

Wow! Thank you. That's awesome, and appreciate feedback! Love it!

XX

Anjana Vaidya
Sep 13
Sep 13

Dear Drspirit,
Thank you so much for your sharing. so happy to have so much of great and inspiring information. I agree with you that a more realistic scenario is when there is a balance of the female and male blessings that create a holistic society model. Substantive equality is the bottom line for us.
Wishing for more writing from you.
Best regards,
anjana

DrSpirit
Sep 13
Sep 13

Hello Anjana,

Thank you for your response to my post. You accomplishments are very impressive. Equality from a blend of the Feminine and Masculine gifts does create a holistic society.

Have an incredible day.

Anjana Vaidya
Sep 13
Sep 13

Dear Dr.Spirit,
Thank you for your sweet response. Yes sure, its the only equality that is required for the sustainable, peaceful and harmonized world. The main thing is to acknowledge the contribution of women as a socio-economic actor and respect their dignity. Women are really so powerful with their beautiful heart and wisdom. They are unstoppable, once they are convinced and determined. There are also examples of powerful women in eastern history those have contributed with their bravery and wisdom, but sadly they are unheard, unsung and unacknowledged.
I really wish to read you more.
best regards,
anjana

DrSpirit
Sep 13
Sep 13

Hello Anjana,

It is clear to see your wisdom through your very well thought out words. May you flourish as you move to inspire and support others.

It is an honor to share with you.

Anjana Vaidya
Sep 13
Sep 13

Thank you so much for all your nice words and blessings Dr. Spirit.
Have a nice weekend.
warm regards,
anjana

Millynairi
Sep 14
Sep 14

Dear Drspirit
Thanks for sharing. Indeed a balanced gender is very important. If this can be practiced all over the world things will be much better.

Millynairi

DrSpirit
Sep 14
Sep 14

Thank you Millynairi,

It does seem logical to include the blessings in both halves of the population; the female half and the female half.

Blessings Friend.

Millynairi
Sep 15
Sep 15

Blessings too