Women’s History Month: Lessons from Giants

Women are the creators who shape our world. They bring forth life, breathing life, resilience and power into everything.  Many women today may not even realize the power they have to impact others. This month of March we get to focus on the impact women have had and are having in the world today.  March is a reminder to women of what can be achieved – a celebration of their power and impact, and an invitation to every woman to remember who she is and the giants she comes from.

The history of our world has been shaped by the activist women who refused to stand down, including Rosa Parks and Ella Baker who changed society through their unwavering dedication;  the trailblazing scientists like Marie M. Daly, and Mae Jemison, who broke barriers in their respective fields and paved the way for the women who followed; the storytellers, such as Maya Angelou, whose words continue to impact us today; and Mary Jane Patterson who created a path for education and leadership roles for women. 

These women, through their sacrifices and struggles, their courage, leadership, resilience and personal power, created paths for Women's History Month - a blue and pink background with silhouettes of women of different backgroundswomen today that we often take for granted.

We get to receive the wisdom and guidance from these women, without the struggles they faced:

Courage to stand up for what you believe: These women faced injustice on many levels – being women of color, being female, and facing the patriarchy of male dominated professions, among others. Despite this, they never quit or submitted to the expectations of others. They fought tirelessly with courage and determination.  We may face similar challenges, and we get to carry their spirit forth into these battles with the reminder that through courage and determination, we can win.

Resilience:  These women faced a world that saw them as less, unworthy and insignificant, but they persisted, despite what society said their place was – they didn’t let anyone stop them from seeing their vision through.  We get to take this lesson into our own lives – it is not always easy to walk a path others don’t believe we should, but it is worth the journey in the end.

Being a trailblazer:  These giants believed that what they wanted was possible, even though no one had done it before.  They faced uphill battles that many of us could not comprehend, with no one to guide their way – they had to figure it out and keep going despite all odds.  For all the inequality that still exists, we have, at the very least, a path forward.  We get to step onto this path and blaze the trail for those that follow.  We get to step into our beliefs fearlessly with the voices of these women to guide us.  It is certainly not an easy thing to do, but if your belief is big enough, and you bravely step forward, you change your world and the world at large.

Trust in yourself: Even when everyone around you says you cannot, if you believe you can, it is possible for you.  Trust in who you are, the power you innately have, and the guidance and support always available to you from Source/God/Goddess/Universe.

Which woman, past or present, has impacted your world, and deserves a shout-out?
Share in the comments and let’s celebrate the women in our lives.

Many Blessings,
Santa

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RUNNING THROUGH DARKNESS
MEMOIR OF A SPIRITUAL WARRIOR

BY SANTA MOLINA-MARSHALL ‧ RELEASE DATE: MAY 3, 2022

This debut memoir chronicles a woman’s spiritual exploration and growth as she overcame a disturbing childhood and helped others heal.

Brought to America from the Dominican Republic as a youngster, Molina-Marshall should have led a happy life. Her father was a diligent worker, and his large family wanted for nothing. But the author recounts that her dad had a drinking problem and was a serial philanderer. Molina-Marshall’s long-suffering mother left him for a woman. Then it was all downhill for the bright, 12-year-old girl, who was shuttled between foster care and relatives. According to the author, she was sexually abused by the husband of one of her siblings. This resulted in Molina-Marshall becoming alienated and moody. By 15, she simply tried to survive. In her favor were grit and a restless intelligence. She quit school, rented a room, and found a factory job. Time went by, and for a while she was happily married. Yet when her husband left her, her life truly began. She turned to religion for answers but decided that blaming God for her woes was a cop-out. 

In this absorbing and moving memoir, Molina-Marshall’s vivid storytelling is fearless. She frankly discusses the truths she discovered and the indignities she suffered. These admissions are disclosed with a touch of resignation and plenty of bite. However painful, everything she experienced was a lesson, and she bravely realized that she was part of the problem: “The fear of being hurt, rejected, or abused often led to me feeling lonely and misunderstood. No one knew the agonizing pain I felt being trapped in my thoughts and anger. I was becoming my biggest threat.” 

The author skillfully recounts her intricate spiritual journey. To deal with her psychic wounds, she searched for an inspirational system. Her open-mindedness led her to the interfaith concept—cherry-picking from various religions and spiritual movements, yoga, and Indigenous beliefs as a way of finding peace. Along with her female partner, she built a therapy practice, making use of every spiritual element that aided her and others. The road was bumpy, and she found that women of color in same-sex relationships were not welcomed everywhere. To do good works—and finally live on her own terms—she effectively overcame bigotry.

An engrossing, cathartic account of empathy and success through determination and confidence.

Pub Date: May 3, 2022   |    ISBN: 978-0-578-38315-6  |   Page Count: 264    | Publisher: From Trauma to Triumph  |   Review Posted Online: June 13, 2022