Our new Study Group had begun! And it’s a topic close to my heart.
Here is our write up. We have 12 lovely ladies who’ve signed up and have chosen strong and inspiring women to present on!
Woman has inspired mankind from time immemorial.
As Gaia the Mother of Humanity, as Penelope the ever loyal wife, as Saviti, daughter par excellence!
“Woman was made of a rib out of the side of Adam; not made out of his head to rule over him, nor out of his feet to be trampled upon by him, but out of his side to be equal with him, under his arm to be protected, and near his heart to be beloved,” wrote Matthew Henry, in 1708.
Beautiful words. But far from reality!
For centuries, women were relegated to the position of the weak that needed protection. The fragile that needed sheltering. Puny, powerless. Denied the respect and equality that they deserved.
For millennia women have dwelt in the shadows of their male counterparts. Seen, but not heard. Needed, but peripheral. Subjugated, sidelined and suppressed.
But despite being ignored or overlooked, women have always inspired mankind. This SG focuses on strong women of mythology and fiction who have empowered countless others ; who have ignited the imagination of a million more.
Be it a Draupadi, determined to avenge her humiliation, or a Sayuri held back by strict social constraints. A Kunti, raising five children in a hostile court, bereft of relatives and allies or a Mulan battling prejudice while warring with the enemy.
Choose your hero from either the classics or from contemporary literary works. From mythology or from modern lore. Choose a woman or women whose ideology resonates with you.
Some strong women from literature:
Mingmei Yip: Peach blossom pavilion, Skeleton Women, Nine fold heaven
Arthur Golden: Memoirs of a Geisha
Lisa See: Snow Flower and the secret fan
Khaled Hosseini: Mariam and Laila of a Thousand Splendid Suns
And some from ancient mythology: