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It is a work night. I home late from both work and from helping a friend move out furniture from his recently deceased mother's assisted living studio apartment. Driving home I realized I want a new Gaia thread, one devoted to her Warrior Women. And it will be a 'sticky' thread, always close to the top of the forum.

Here we share news on and links to warrior women: women who are writers, artists, activists, thinkers, educators, environmentalists, femininists. I am hoping the emphasis will be on contemporary warriors, women battling now. In Pakistan, in Iraq, in Kenya, in China, in Texas, in Argentina, in Italy, in all countries where women are fighting for both Gaia and for the right to individual expression free of coercion. To me both causes are one and the same. It would also be nice, however, if herstorical warriors were brought back to memory.

The thread has a patron saint and I start it off with a link to her. Maude Gonne.

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Good idea Tere,

Consider Mary Wade. A street-sweeper/begger
in London. Convicted of the theft of a frock at age eleven and sentenced to death in 1789.

A couple of months later, Mary was languishing in Newgate prison when King George, having recovered from a bout of "madness", commuted the death sentences of all female prisoners.

Mary was subsequently placed aboard The Lady
Juliana, a convict ship bound for Australia.
Cargo; 230 female [sign in to see URL] in hopes of colonizing Australia. The male convicts
who had arrived earlier had fallen into such
a state of degradation it was thought females would have a civilizing effect.

Mary died in Australia at the age of 83. At that time 300 people could trace their lineage directly to her.

Street urchin to matriarch. Google 'The Lady Juliana,' or 'Mary Wade' for this amazing story. I just can't figure out how to do those links. Anyway there are a lot of fascinating stories about those women and their times. Saw a documentary about them on PBS. I think it was called "The Voyage of the Courtesans."

Wouldn't it make a terrific subject for a historical novel?

Chris

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Thanks, Chrisfriend, for remembering. I too saw the PBS documentary and was blown away by the story.

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The universality of her voice, warrior woman, comes through quite clearly.

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I can't believe I am only now remembering Agnes Smedley, an all time favorite journalist and activist. I've read two of her books. "Portraits of Chinese Women in Revolution," and her semi-autobiographical novel, "Daughter of Earth." Both books have such passion to them.

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I just learned today of Air Force women pilots flying during WW 2. It seems the Government kept their existence a classified secret until the seventies.

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And there is so much more on the subject of women matadors.

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Just reading through this thread and it struck me that you started it shortly after the death of a friend's mother. Some connection, maybe?

The playing down of FDR's wheel-chair and leg braces strikes me much the same as the secrecy of female pilots. Would our world be profoundly different if we'd integrated these realities into our consciousness of it?
A paraplegic led us through a World War in which women piloted planes. Can't help but think we'd be a little farther along if we'd all digested that.

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I do love the associations you make, Chrisfriend. I think you got a point.

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The mother of DNA

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She still doesn't get the credit of her discoveries.

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A great interview, great story.

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Thanks, [sign in to see URL] enjoyed. It reminded me of a very old poem of mine for some reason... : )

Two Artists

In the extent, they are drawn midway
then released by love of contrast, shapes in shade,
a mutual need for darker ground to kindle color.
With meters and curves, they use the moon
to illustrate or compensate the magic in the missing.

He, off to write of his loblolly pines and lunar epiphanies,
the penchant desire must have for endings.

She, laced just east of the sea, to limn the thirsty faces
of trystless women who draw down the full lady
then wait for morning, a hen-seeking quail
to call “Chi-ca-go".





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You're welcome. Pat. And thanks back for the poem-reply. It is how it is.

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Thanks for the link to the interview, Tere. Also bookmarked the website.

A confession: I had a Wiccan roomate once. I participated in some of the rituals she led
and I felt as silly and out of place as I do in church. emoticon

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Christ on a crutch, Chris! The chuckle, no, the guffaw, came involuntarily. But they say confession is good for the soul, so here is mine.

I tried it once too, the ritual thing. This was back on Samhain '82. Man, I felt as out of place and awkward as a skunk in a synod of sweet smelling flower children recently bathed. No joke. It took me a while but I finally realized why. Some things are just too personal to go communal. Mind you I was a pretty lousy hippie too, for much the same reason.

Anyway, I admire Adler's work of however many years ago. She did much to free up a whole lot of religious prejudice.

Thanks big time for the chuckle.

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She is not only a warrior woman. Please take note.

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your link didn't work for me but I went looking and found this one that I loved:

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Coincidently, the following happened this week on my [sign in to see URL] worlds's largest mammal washed ashore and died after being injured by the propellar of US geograpical ship mapping the ocean [sign in to see URL] you might infer from the following article, many, concerned about off-shore drilling are suspicious of it and it's purpose off our shores where oil is known to be very close in. I do not know what they are actually [sign in to see URL] it is for good reasons, to protect... but I do know that when they knew, could see blue whales were in the [sign in to see URL] this close to the [sign in to see URL] something that huge is difficult to [sign in to see URL] they should have stopped, shut down the ship and turned off all the equipment that disorients them.

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What a great slogan "hope spots" [sign in to see URL] is truly all we have left, friends. Thanks for turning me on to her, Tere. And in my next life, I want a left cheek dimple just like [sign in to see URL] to mention her presence, passion to make others aware.

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A warrior woman.

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(later) I must have watched the video a half dozen times last night. I've since learned that the bill the state senator was speaking for did not pass, and that the vote was strictly along party lines. This saddens me, suggesting that those who opposed it were not voting according to their conscience. On the other hand I am mightily heartened by the impassioned speech of this one woman from Staten Island who gets it, gets the struggle and gets the real issue, which is that age old right, going back at least since Shelley, to the freedom of personal expression.

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I remember Smedley. And there is Maxine Hong Kingston -- who writes so beautifully about the woman warrior and having a voice with which to speak. And write. It is power indeed.
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Hello, vkp. New to the board and you choose to make your initial post here. I like it, like what it says.

Smedley. Man, I read her over 30 years ago and it still seems like it was yesterday or last night. Extraordinary human being. Born and raised in western-rough poverty. Knew the dirtiness of a few tent towns in, I think, Colorado. Kept moving east. Got to NYC. Joined several leftist causes of her day, including the Indian push for liberation from the British Empire. A free love kind of gal for whom sexual freedom was a political commitment, which it still is, n'est pas? Travelled to Europe where she underwent psychonalysis. Then to China during its revolution. Her Portraits of Chines Women stops the breath. What a natural writer, reporter, intellectual she was. Such people aren't made but born. I remember especially her account of the Chinese practice of foot binding women. Journalistically precise, effectively clinical, she lets the practice tell its own tale.

Anyway, take a look around the board. If you like what you see consider introducing yourself. Up in the Salon Chat forum there is a thread devoted to member introductions. Then maybe consider starting something up.

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