The Iconic Neuroscientist & Spiritualist Candace Pert Passes

Holy Hormones Journal: I think if I learned anything from Candace Pert – was her narrowing the gap between science and spirituality. Her work is to be remembered. Pert made a great impact in my life – as in so many others.  We watched ‘What the Bleep’ in fascination and read her book ‘Molecules of Continue Reading …

Gloria Steinem – Making Menstruation Matter

Holy Hormones Journal July 26, 2013 I was privileged and honored to attend the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research Conference in NYC. earlier this summer. The conference was held at Marymount Manhattan College – in downtown. It has been years since I had been back in the city – and I enjoyed it immensely. Over Continue Reading …

Virginia Johnson – Pioneer of the Female Orgasm Dies

Holy Hormones Journal: Virginia Johnson was a true pioneer – and along with Dr. William Masters she helped to revolutionize America’s understanding of human sexuality. What I loved reading about this woman’s story is that she was a lay woman. I mean what male doctor or researcher would ever admit that women were capable of Continue Reading …

War on Women Rages from the Womb to the Grave

Holy Hormones Journal: Marcia Banasko has written a stirring article. That women fear for their life from the time they are born to the time they go to the grave is a sad statement on our global culture.  Women have made great contributions through out history…. but it is our individual and collective power that Continue Reading …

Eve Ensler Urges One Billion Rise for Global Day of Action to End Violence Against Women

It’s not very British is it, asking people to get up and dance? And not just for a bop either, but as part of a mass protest movement organised for next Valentine’s Day. But the cause couldn’t be any more important – a call to end violence against women and girls. Violence that affects 70% of women around the world, according to the UN.

Empowering Women is Key to Resolving Many of the World’s Greatest Challenges

From Washington to Wall Street to Twitter, writers, academics, and business leaders are pointing to the empowerment of women as key to many of the world’s greatest challenges. They’re publicizing the research and amplifying hard facts, like the fact that when women have equal access to agricultural resources, 100 million to 150 million fewer people will go hungry.

New Book offers Feminist Views on Arousal – Vagina – Brain Connection

Many critics and readers, including many feminists, have welcomed my book Vagina: A New Biography. Some critics, though – feminists too, of another kind – are accusing me of a form of contemporary heresy.

Christina England: Child Protection or Pharma/Government Protection?

  Leslie Carol  Botha: My colleague Christina England exposes another dark side of vaccine injury: when parents are accused of child abuse and have their children removed from home.  In one, case the innocent father was blamed for the death of his daughter and is now serving life imprisonment. Christina has helped hundreds of families Continue Reading …

Eve Ensler Calls Todd Akin Out on ‘Legitimate Rape’

I am writing to you tonight about rape. It is 2 AM and I am unable to sleep here in the Democratic Republic of Congo. I am in Bukavu at the City of Joy to serve and support and work with hundreds, thousands of women who have been raped and violated and tortured from this ceaseless war for minerals fought on their bodies.

Iconic ‘Cosmo Girl’ Helen Gurley Brown Dies

Helen Gurley Brown, the longtime editor of Cosmopolitan magazine who invited millions of women to join the sexual revolution, has died.

Gloria Steinem to Receive 1st ‘Making Menstruation Matter’ Award

The Society for Menstrual Cycle Research conference planning committee is pleased to announce that Gloria Steinem has been chosen to receive the first Making Menstruation Matter Award.

What a Ride for Sally Ride – First American Woman to Fly in Space

Sally Ride, the first American woman to fly in space, died on Monday at her home in San Diego. She was 61. Dr. Ride with fellow crew members at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida before an October 1984 flight aboard the Challenger.

Iconic Woman Nora Ephron Remembered

Nora Ephron taught me the difference between wit and snark—long before snark slithered out from its dark hole and infected the national dialogue.

Women’s Health Freedom Coalition – The Battle of All Mothers

June 7, 2012 UPDATE: The Trustees are very pleased to announce the appointment of vaccine choice advocate Leslie Carol Botha as the Coordinator of the WHFC.

Leslie Carol Botha, Women’s Health Educator, author, publisher, and broadcast journalist is an internationally recognized expert on women’s hormonal health. Her work emphasizes the significance of the hormone cycle and its profound relationship to women’s psyche. Botha’s 30 years of research demonstrates how hormone changes/fluctuations in the menstrual cycle affect women’s physical, mental and emotional well being.

Breastfeeding Moms Can Nurse in Milk Truck with Hot-Pink Areola and Flashing Dome Light for Nipple

[Leslie Carol Botha: Ya gotta love gutsy, artistic women. Jill Miller - has created a 'Milk Truck' for breastfeeding mothers in Pittsburgh who have been harassed for nursing in public. Is Miller the next Judy Chicago? She purchased a 1990 ice cream truck, painted the pink and outfitted it with a breast-milk pumping station, a rug and some chairs.]

Reminder To Women and Girls that We Can Set the World on Fire and Our Power is Great

Chemaly states: “Girls, these things happen because there are men with power who fear you and want to control you. ” These are important words and – the reason why H.Sandra Chevalier-Batik and I have dedicated our lives to making women aware of their health…

Iconic Feminist Adrienne Rich Leaves a Legacy of Emergence

Adrienne Rich, a poet of towering reputation and towering rage, whose work — distinguished by an unswerving progressive vision and a dazzling, empathic ferocity — brought the oppression of women and lesbians to the forefront of poetic discourse and kept it there for nearly a half-century, died on Tuesday at her home in Santa Cruz, Calif. She was 82.

Women’s Fundamental Rights at Stake in 2012 Election According to Gloria Steinem

President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign has released a new video featuring Gloria Steinem, in which the feminist icon argues that this election is a “turning point” and that women should grant Obama a second term if they want to see their rights protected.

“We will lose what we have gained if a Republican candidate were to win,” says Steinem. “So the question is will we be active, will we get out there, will we be self-respecting and forget about party labels and vote for ourselves. Vote for our fundamental human rights?”

Breast Cancer Survivor Wants Protection from Work-Related Carcinogens

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Breast cancer survivor Sandy Knight wants workers to press for more safety measures in factories. (Courtesy of Brandon Knight)

A breast cancer survivor who was exposed to a toxic mix of cancer-causing chemicals on the job at a plastic factory 20 years ago is warning that the health of workers still isn’t protected enough.

Sandy Knight, a former health and safety chairperson at a plastics factory in Windsor, Ont., now speaks to men and women about potentially dangerous substances in the workplace.

Marcia G.Yerman Reports on Women in the World Summit 2012

On Saturday, March 10, the final morning of the Women in the World Third Annual Summit, The New York Times featured a four-column photo of Christine Lagarde, director of the International Monetary Fund with Chancellor Angela Merkel. The title was, “German Leader and I.M.F. Chief Split Over Debt.” Lagarde had been in Manhattan the previous evening for an interview before delegates at Women in the World, where she answered questions covering the global economy, the I.M.F., and her personal life challenges.

Rosa Parks

Iconic Woman and The Mother of the Modern-Day Civil Rights Movement As we celebrate Martin Luther King Day I think it is only right that we take a moment to honor the Mother of the Modern-Day Civil Rights Movement, Ms. Rosa Parks, born Rosa Louise McCauley, on February 4, 1913, in Tuskegee, Alabama. Rosa Parks’ childhood Continue Reading …

Susun Weed

Iconic Herbalist, Healer and Wise Woman Growing up in rural Canada, I took the use of herbs and other plants as both food source and healing tonic for granted. When I moved to the States as a young woman, I left that that part of me behind. My life in Chicago was exiting and as Continue Reading …

Marija Gimbutas: Chronicler of the Goddess

Marija Gimbutas January 23, 1921 – February 2, 1994   Marija Gimbutas was a classically trained Lithuanian-American archeologist.[1]   By combining traditional archeological “dig-work” with linguistics and mythological interpretation, her pioneering research into the Neolithic and Bronze Age cultures of “Old Europe” produced profound cultural revelations. Gimbutas unearthed startling evidence of stable, matriarchal, egalitarian societies living Continue Reading …

Vicki Noble

Iconic Woman, Feminist Shamanic Healer and Teacher Vicki Noble is a feminist shamanic healer, author, independent scholar and wisdom teacher.  In the 1970s she awakened to the Goddess and Women’s Spirituality and opened psychically to the healing, art, yoga, and divination processes that led to the creation of the Motherpeace tarot deck. Noble created, graduated Continue Reading …

The Crusade Against Witches

How Demographics Led To the Persecution of Women For about two hundred years beginning in the fourteenth century, Europe was swept by natural and man-made disasters. Long bloody wars killed millions of men, several times during that period, the Black plague swept through the new city states of Europe. Interestingly men seemed more susceptible to Continue Reading …

The Church’s Attitudes Towards Women Part 2

 Co-opting of the Goddess: acquire, adapt and subjugate   Christianity is based on belief. There was a striking dichotomy in the early Christian church —the beliefs of the elite and the beliefs of the general population that made up the congregations.  These congregations were still steeped in the nature-based rites of the old Goddess religion. Continue Reading …

The Church’s Attitudes Towards Women Part 1

“The Weaker Vessel” Writings in the New Testament attributed to the Apostle Paul were used as the rational for a celibate priesthood, the subjugation of women, and the prohibition of sexual congress for all but procreation. St. Peter’s writings portrayed women as “the weaker vessel” [1 Peter 3:5–7]. A study of the early church’s writings Continue Reading …

To Understand Were We Are Part 2

We Have To Know Where We’ve Been   In the new “Father” based religious practices, men, were the son’s of God, made in his image, to rule over all the living things on the earth. The concept of possession rather than partnership shaped man’s relationship with women and sexuality. Wives and daughters became chattel to Continue Reading …

To Understand Were We Are Part 1

We Have To Know Where We’ve Been   For more than 25,000 years, the Global Goddess presided over thousands of peaceful, cooperative, civilizations. In these many and diverse cultures older woman were revered as “Wise Women” – reflections of the Universal Feminine.  That ended with the rise of the phallus. For the past 6000 years Continue Reading …

Who Cursed Eve and Why? Part 2

Feminine creative power must be taboo! The truth of the Goddess is so powerful, that only by usurping and subverting it, can it be made to echo the patriarchal theocracy – Feminine Creative Power must be taboo! Through the “Curse of Eve”, females have been made to fear and suffer the pain of birth. The Curse Continue Reading …

Who Cursed Eve and Why? Part 1

Menstruation taboos: un-clean, un-well and un-right Thousands of years of patriarchal propaganda have made women feel un-clean, un-well and un-right about the supremely natural cycle of menstruation and fertility. Menstruation taboos, ignorance and fear still drive women’s feelings and more shockingly, the scant understanding of their own bodily functions. The blessing from the Goddess — Continue Reading …

The Rebirth

Gaian Spirituality   The word religion derives from the Latin re-ligio meaning to re-link. The ultimate goal of all religious practices is to broach and reconcile the alienations that have estranged us from our divine Source.  We want to come to peace with the many dualities of our lives. At a spiritual level we want to Continue Reading …

The Beginning of the End…

The Power of the Masculine –The Risen Phallus Rosaline Miles, in her wonderful book, The Women’s History of the World, stated that, “the rise of the phallus precipitated the fall of woman.”  The real exile from Eden started around 3000 BC, when Iron age, male-dominated, nomadic, warriors invaded and subjugated the people of peace-loving goddess-cultures. Continue Reading …

Shamanic Priestesses

Neolithic and Bronze Age matriarchal clans were shamanistic in nature Their Priestesses were thought of as the Goddess’ earthly incarnation who, as part of their animistic rituals, mediated between the visible and spirit worlds . The holy women represented the feminine manifestation of the Trinity — Maiden, Mother and Crone. The primary role of the Continue Reading …

The Body and Blood of the Mother

Sacred Confluence of Fertility Goddess worship, the center of Neolithic and Bronze Age clan spiritual life, realized the sacred confluence of fertility — women’s bodies, their sexuality and their menstrual cycles. Reverence for woman’s natural rhythms and monthly flow was at the very heart of Goddess worship. Woman’s sexuality, the sacred mystery of her menstruation Continue Reading …

The Triple Goddess

As above so below In the name of the Maiden, the Mother and the Wise Woman From antiquity, the three aspects of the Goddess have been past down to us through our cultural mythology. We’ve come to know them as the Fates, the Furies, the Graces, the Muses, or even as Faith, Hope and Charity. Continue Reading …

Understanding The Power of The Matriarchy

The blessings of the Goddess upon the early clan women were many The most revered and feared was woman’s connection with, not control of, the creative force. Through their unique relationship with the cycles of the earth the faithful daughters of the Goddess enjoyed a symbiotic relationship with nature. Woman’s sacred status was inexorably bound to Continue Reading …

Goddess of Wonder — Goddess of Light

I am the star that rises from the twilight sea. I bring men dreams to rule their destiny. I am the eternal Woman; I am She!  The tides of all souls belong to me- Touch of my hand confers polarity- These are the moontides, these belong to me.  — Dion Fortune, “Charge of the Moon Continue Reading …

Victorian Female Hysteria

The Sensational Murder Trial of Laura D. Fair   On November 3, 1870, Laura Fair fatally shot Alexander Crittenden, a San Francisco lawyer and her lover of seven years, on a ferry. Fair had been married three times when she met Crittenden. Her first husband died of old age, and she divorced her second, an Continue Reading …