Goddess Shift: Women Leading for a Change, Edited by Stephanie Marohn: Book Review
Elite Books (2010)
for Reader Views (03/10)
Women are supposed to be the weaker sex, or so I remember being
taught in school many years ago. Having grown up some, I’ve often been
either amused or exasperated by that description. While it is true that
throughout history women were oftentimes pushed into the background,
their presence nevertheless was always vital for the success of just
about any endeavor their male counterparts decided to take part in.
Furthermore, it does seem to me that the present times have brought a
real change in that particular equation and nowadays women are found in
key leadership roles in every field imaginable, whether it is arts,
politics, science, sports, industry or anything else you could think
of. While I’ve often heard young women complain that they do not have
any real female roles models, I’ve tended to disagree with that and it
really pleased me when I discovered “Goddess Shift,” an anthology
devoted to strong, wise and powerful women of today, represented by
forty-three fascinating and extremely diverse ladies who are shaping
and changing the world we live in.
The essays in this brilliant collection range from inspirational to
sentimental, from rather reserved, deeply personal to visionary and
daring. Reading through them my mood shifted from moved to amused, from
astonished and bewildered to admiring and feeling really empowered.
I’ve met a lot of old “friends” - women who made me rethink what was
possible for a female to achieve back when I was growing up, women whom
I’ve admired and respected for decades now. Through reading “Goddess
Shift” edited by Stephanie Marohn, I’ve met a number of voices new to
me, who made me decide to look deeper into what the ladies whom those
voices belong to are doing to change the world.