“Foremothers of Women’s Spirituality” to Share Stories at Conference


Voices of Our Foremothers

Forty years ago, the Second Wave Feminist Movement was in full swing in America. Radical women began to question the very concept of God as male, with “man in his image,” and from this revolutionary brew, the Women’s Spirituality movement was born. Just as foam-born Aphrodite arose from the sea, the revolutionary Goddess movement arose to inspire women around the country and the world to begin researching ancient worldwide Goddess-based cultures and to create spontaneous circles of women’s ritual and Goddess worship.

In Foremothers of the Women’s Spirituality Movement: Elders and Visionarieseditors Vicki Noble and Miriam Robbins Dexter have assembled the personal stories of 33 women who have been integral to the development of this movement.

On Friday evening of our conference, we will hold a special session to honor these foremothers. On hand to read from their personal stories will be these amaziMiriam women:

Cristina Biaggi

Max Dashu

Elinor Gadon

Starr Goode

Mama Donna Henes

Donna Read

Lydia Ruyle

Miranda Shaw

Susun Weed

There is much to be learned from these stories of strong women leaders. Now as then, the personal continues to be political. Hearing these voices reinforces the collective memories of women who grew during that Second Wave. And more important is that they strengthen connections across generations, to speak to the bold young women working now to bring their spiritual values into the cultural mix.

Miriam Robbins Dexter says, “One of my goals with this book is to inspire the next generation of women who are active in women’s spirituality to bring that vision of the divine into the world,”


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