Roaring back from the recent 3,500 years of male-dominated rule after over at least 200,000
years of Sun Goddesses, women have struggled and won a new era of equality over the previous
one that started about 5,000 years ago in the temple of the Queen of Heaven in Erech, Iraq, with
the invention of writing that greatly assisted the proliferation of thinkers, a fair share of whom
were probably women and the growth of religions like Judaism, Christianity, and Islam that
demoted women to inferior roles. Men seized the opportunity to create Yahweh (Jehovah) and
have him order in the Old Testament the expulsion of all other religions. There is no goddess
word in the old bible.
Artifacts dating back up to 40,000 years ago reveal widespread worship of a female creator
who arrived in a burst of energy along with the cosmos. She goes by different names in different
cultures including Ashtoreth, Isis, Mama, Thesis, A’akuluujjusi (Inuit), Sedna, Nammu, Gaea,
Amana, and many others.
About 12,000 years ago groups of women throughout the Fertile Crescent introduced
sedentary agriculture to male mobile hunting and gathering. Settlement around temples to
goddesses grew. This increased the status of women but men also when the settlements had to be
defended.The fate of women has been associated with the invention of writing that occurred
independently in: Mesopotamia 5,400, Egypt 5,259, China 4,000, and Mesoamerica 2,650 years
Since 1918, women have been chosen head of state in 89 democracies. When we add re-
elections the total comes to 188 terms. The United States is yet to join this club.
To be eligible to run for president in the United States a candidate must raise $5,000 in each of
over 20 states ($100,000). But this is only the beginning of the cost obstacle.
A great deal of faith in US politics has been lost, so there was hope that a large infusion of female
politicians would reverse the trend. Even though Hillary Clinton won 2.1% more of the vote in
2016 she lost to Donald Trump by electoral college inputs. Clinton spent $768 million
on her campaign, Trump $440 million. Voter turnout was 26th among 35 democracies studied,
Only 19 countries are rated as full democracies, led by Norway, Iceland, Sweden, New Zealand,
Finland, Ireland, Denmark, Canada, Australia. In this study the USA ranks 25th.
A list of the world’s 50 most powerful women includes USA 28, UK 4, China 2, France 2,
Germany 2 and 1 each from Australia, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, India, New Zealand, Norway,
Singapore, Spain, Taiwan. The 2020 federal election cycle in the United States started out with
presidential candidates that totalled 6 men (Berni Sanders, Michael Bloomberg, Pete Buttigieg,
Tom Steyer, Deval Patrick, Michael Bennet, and Andrew Yang) and 7 women (Elizabeth Warren,
Kamala Harris, Marianne Williamson, Kristen Gillibrand, Rita Krichevsky, Amy Klobuchar, Tulsi
Now, for the November election we face a deluge of dropouts, leaving us with only with the
encumbents, Donald Trump and Michael Pence. competing with Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.
And there is that lone Libetarian hopeful, Dr. Jo Jorgensen, still fighting for those few more votes
to qualify for the debates. Jo opposes Trump’s border wall and immigration restrictions, arguing a
blend of cultures is beneficial. She would allow workers to replace Social Security with a 6.2%
payroll tax to invest in their preferred plans, reduce the high incarceration rate, and the
militarization of police, support nuclear energy and free trade, eliminate foreign aid, sanctions, US
participation in foreign wars. Among the many biases is the one that argues a woman can never
get enough votes to be elected president Charlotte Whitten was top student at Queen’s University,
Kingston, where she earned her MA as well as being the star of their hockey team and the fastest
skater in the league. She was also the first female editor of Queen’s Journal newspaper. She was
voted in as Ottawa’s mayor for two terms, 1951-56 and 1961-64. She was noted for her wit and
her assertation “Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as
good. Luckily this is not difficult.”The exalted role of women hit a rough road with the advent of
writing and Christianity. The Bible describes 35 false female gods. One of these is Brigid,
goddess of the Gaels including the Tuatha De Danann of Ireland, now replaced by Saint Patrick.
A sampling of powerful women;
Queen Boudica in 60 AD inherited her father’s Celtic Iceni kingdom in eastern England during the
Roman takeover. Boudica was flogged, her daughters raped, and her country annexed. She
organized a revolt of the Iceni, Trinovantes, and others, destroying Colchester built for retired
Romans, defeating the 9th Legion and burning Londinium and Verulamium (Hertfordshire, the 3rd
largest city in Roman Britain) killing about 75,000. Nero considered leaving Britain but
the Romans regrouped and were about to defeat Boudica when she committed suicide, later
becoming a British legend.
Eleanor of Aquitaine, 1122-1204, one of the wealthiest and sought after woman in western Europe
when she inherited Aquitaine. She married King Louis VII of France and participated in the 2nd
Crusade. He got an annulment from Pope Eugene III after she produced two daughters and no
sons. In 1152 she married the Duke of Normandy who became King Henry II of England. In 13
years she bore him 3 daughters and 5 sons, 3 of whom became kings. He imprisoned her in 1173
for helping their son Henry’s revolt and was not released until 1189 when he died.
Marie Curie, 1857-1934, born Maria Sklodowska in Warsaw, Poland, then part of the Russian
empire, became a French physicist and chemist. Wanting to obtain part of her education in Poland
she applied to a Polish university but was rejected being a woman. She was the first woman to win
a Nobel prize, sharing it with her husband, Pierre Curie, in 1903. In 1911 she became the only
woman to earn a second Nobel prize. She was the first woman professor at the University of Paris.
Nazi female guards. Of the 37,000 Nazi guards who participated in the sufferings of prisoners
10% were women, some just as cruel as the men, yet a few female guards did share their food
with starving prisoners, enough to warrant a warning order being sent to female guards who did
have total power over their prisoners. A total of 189 men and 10 women were hanged for war
crimes by the British
Isle Koch, 1906-1957. was the wife of Karl Otto Koch , commandant of the Buchenwald
concentration camp 1937-1941. He was transferred to Lublin to help establish the Majdanek
extermination camp. Isle remained at Buchenwald. In 1943 Karl and Isle were arrested by the SS
for embezzlement, private enrichment, and murdering prisoners who could provide evidence. Karl
was executed in April 1945. Isle was released to her family. Known as the Beast of Buchenwald
due to her cruelties towards prisoners, she was tried by the U.S. military in 1947. Her most
published crimes were selecting prisoners with interesting tatoos to be murdered and skinned then
having their skins made into lampshades.
Irma Grese, 1923-1945, was a beautiful, intelligent, and timid teenager who joined the Hitler
Youth, earning rapid promotions. Known as the Beast of Belsen she whipped female prisoners
until they collapsed then trampled them. She selected prisoners to be sent to the gas chambers. She
was hanged at age 22.
Antonina Parfenova, a Russian living in a German-occupied portion of Russia, swore allegiance to
the Nazis for better treatment. She was given a machine gun to kill over 1,500 imprisoned
Russians. A post-war search for her took 30 years. She was executed in 1979.
Golda Meir, 1898-1978, born Mabovitch in Kiev her family emigrated in 1906 to the USA where
she became a teacher, She and her husband emigrated to a kitbbutz in Palestine in 1921. In 1928
she was elected secretary of the Working Women’s Council which had her spend 2 years in the
USA, returning in 1934. She joined the Histadrut, advancing to being head of the political
department.Prior to 14 May 1948 when Israel was declared a state Meir went to the USA to raise
$50 million to buy the weapons that permitted Israel to defeat the attacks from Arab nations.
Entering politics she served as Minister of Labour and Foreign Minister, then in 1969 was elected
Prime Minister, the world’s fourth and Israel’s first and only female PM.
In one list of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women, the top five rare:
1. Angela Merkel has been described as leader of the free world. Born Kashner in Hamburg,
Germany, in 1954, her family moved to East Germany where she earned a PhD in quantum
chemistry in 1986 and worked in research until entering politics in 1989. Germany was reunited
1990. In 2005 she was appointed the first female Chancellor. She was elected for a 4th term in
2018. In office she did reduce unemployment, did away with conscription, tried to build a Multi-
culture nation, which did not work the way she wanted so she encouraged immigrants to accept
German values. She has been a world leader in fighting climate changes. She accepted over 1
million refugees into Germany. As only 5 of 16 state level boards are headed by women she hopes
to remedy this - Merkel describes the Coronaviris as the biggest threat Germany has ever
experienced. She has won international plaudits for her handling of it as she has for the German
penal system that features rehabilitation. Police recruits are required to spend two and a half to
four years in basic training to become an officer, with the option to pursue the equivalent of a
bachelor’s or master’s degree in policing. Basic training in the U.S. by comparison, can take as
little as 21 weeks or 33.5 weeks, with field training.
2. Christine Lagarde, born Lallouette in 1956 in Paris Educated in France and the USA on a
scholarship, she held several senior governmental positions, 2005-2011. In 2009 she was the first
woman to become a finance minister of a G8 country. The Financial Times rated her as the best
finance officer in Europe. She was chairman of the International Monetary Fund before becoming
president of the European Central Bank in November 2019.
3. Nancy Pelosi, born D’Alesandro in 1940, ranks 3rd. As a U.S Democrat and on her second tour
as Speaker of the House of Representatives she is the only woman to hold this post which
also puts her second in line after the vice president for the presidency. She was a major opponent
of the Iraq War.
4. Ursula von der Leyen, born Albrecht in Brussels in 1968, to German parents moving to
Hanover in 1971. She has served in the German government since the late 1990’s, first
locally then federal. She is the longest member of Merkel’ cabinet. She has been Minister of
Family Affairs and Youth, 2005-2009, Labour and Social Affairs, 2009-2013, Defence, 2013-2019.
She lived in Stanford, California, for 4 years while her husband was on the faculty of the
5. Mary Barra, born Makela in 1961 in Royal Oak, Michigan, she has been General Motors’ CEO
since 2013. She is the first woman to be CEO of a major auto maker. Her salary last year was
$21.87 million. She is of Finnish descent.
20. Oprah Winfrey: Oprah ranks 20th in Forbes list but #1 on others. She was born in poverty in
1954 in Mississippi to a single teenage mother. In her teens she was raped, The baby was born
prematurely and died. Oprah was sent to Tennessee to live with Vernon Winfrey, a man she called
her father. While in high school she found a job in radio, rising rapidly in news and talk shows,
advancing to politics. During the 2008 election it is estimated she was worth a million votes to
Barack Obama. Oprah is North America’s first Black multi billionaire and philanthropist.
Kamala Harris: On 11 Aug 2020, after interviewing 11 qualified women for the job, Joe Biden
chose Kamala for his vice president running mate. Kamela was born in 1964 in Oakland,
California, followed by a younger sister. Maya. Her mother, Shyamala Gopalan, had immigrated
from India in 1960 to complete a PhD in endocrinology. She married Donald Harris, a professor
of economics who had emigrated from Jamaica. They moved to Montreal when Shyamala got
a teaching job at McGill University. Kamala was a popular student at nearby Westmount High
School, graduating in 1981. Her parents had divorced in 1975.Kamela went on to obtain 2 degrees
from Howard University in Washington then a Juris Doctor from the University of California in
San Francisco. She earned admission to the State Bar of California in 1990. She was employed as
a deputy district attorney. In 2003 she was elected to be California’s first African-American
district attorney.There are several organizations that compile these lists and they all differ which
means we have an increasing number of women reaching the influential stage and that we actually
are on our way to a bias-free world. Even in Iran and Saudi Arabia we are seeing improvements.
When we do achieve 0ne-Species-but two-Equal-Sexes mentality, we men hope that revenge will
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