The Queen's Chronicles

Inspiration for an Influential, Passionate and Powerful Maturity 

March 2011
In This Issue
International Women's Day
Honor the Women
Timetable of Rights
Farewell to the Queen of Goddess Culture


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Donna Henes is an internationally renowned urban shaman, award-winning author, popular speaker and workshop leader whose joyful celebrations of celestial events have introduced ancient traditional rituals and contemporary ceremonies to millions of people in more than 100 cities since 1972. She has published four books, a CD, an acclaimed quarterly journal and currently writes for the Huffington Post, Beliefnet and UPI (United Press International) Religion and Spirituality Forum. She has created and officiated public ceremonies for two mayors and a governor and serves as the ritual consultant on Hollywood films. Mama Donna, as she is affectionately called, maintains a ceremonial center, spirit shop, ritual practice and consultancy in Exotic Brooklyn, NY where she offers intuitive tarot readings and spiritual counseling and works with individuals, groups, institutions, municipalities and corporations to create meaningful ceremonies for every imaginable occasion.





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I am fascinated, obsessed really, by women's relationship to power. I have been doing workshops on the subject for several years now and am working on a book about it. The more I see, the more women I speak to, the more I realize that that relationship is on very shaky ground, indeed.


We women are often afraid of our own power. Afraid to be thought of as pushy or bitchy if we assert ourselves willfully with the full force of our purpose without Self-demeaning false modesty. We are sitting on a powder keg of tramped down passion. This is our power. We must liberate it - for our own good and for the greater good, as well.


The first step to becoming powerful women is to accept responsibility and sovereignty over our own lives and to feel secure in the effectiveness of our own authority.


We need to:

  • Identify and release our fears of success, power and  leadership
  • Honor our abilities and hard-won wisdom
  • Claim our stature
  • Celebrate our strength
  • Embody our mighty influence 
  • Exert the power of our moral convictions

Once we embrace the personal power of being the Queens of ourselves, we can join together with other Self-directed women to take it out into the world to use for the benefit of all.


We Queens have the very power that we need. We are mature, experienced, strong and brave. Plus, we are the biggest demographic in the country. Remember, one out of every three women is over 50 years of age. If only we realized how much power we have. 

We do have the power, the power of our hard won wisdom and the power of our numbers. We need to use it. The example of Egypt is still fresh. When enough people demand freedom and equality, they cannot be denied.

In Norway, a brave women, Ebba Halund, and her radio listeners started a campaign that said, Vote for the Party that Supports Women. That beginning took Norway's decision-making seats from 0 to close to 50% and these elected women began turning the country's focus and money from financing war prevention to social and people stability. What was important to those women leaders was that our children, randchildren, neighbors and older family had the services they needed. Creative solutions came because there was money to support this agenda.


If American women would increase their voting turnout by ten percent, I think we would see an end to all of the budget cuts in programs benefiting women and children.

-Coretta Scott King


It is clear to me that we women must claim, embrace - and most important - use our power.  Now is the time to acknowledge ourselves. It is high time to speak our truth, walk our talk and put our money where our mouth is. We have held back long enough. Starting here, starting now, we must claim our rightful duties aswe can do it leaders, as healers, as visionaries, as role models. We have the whole world in our hands.


Wise women wield power wisely and the planet is in desperate need of our wisdom. The time couldn't be more crucial. Hell may have no fury like a woman scorned, but women standing together side by side, autonomous, proud and empowered can create heaven on Earth!


There will be no heaven unless we make it.

- Florence Nightingale


With blessings of empowerment,



International Women's Day   


This month marks the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day, which was created to honor a movement started by New York garment workers who were fed up with low wages and poor working conditions.  


Since then, women have been involved in rights struggles around the world. Certainly, we have come a long way, sister. But not nearly long enough.


The Queen hereby decrees that forthwith:


Every day is International Women's Day  


 Every month is Women's History Month   

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Honor The Women


HONOR THE WOMENwomen's group  

by Mary Saracino


On the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day


"I believe that the rights of women and girls is the unfinished business of the 21st century."

- US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton


Honor her right to own her own body

her right to feed her children

earn a fair wage, work under safe conditions

love whomever she pleases.

Honor her right to affordable health care

clean water, clean air, clean land, clean food;

her right to read and write

to laugh and cry, uncensored.

Honor her right to live free from war

oppression, violence, the threat of rape;

her right to speak her voice

write poems, novels, the story of her life

paint pictures, take photographs, sculpt statues

sing her song and the songs of her people.

Honor her right to dream and dance

to live in peace, to revere her ancestors,

bless her grandchildren, remember her Source;

Honor her right to own her own soul.

Honor the women of every hue

from every continent and nation

from whose wombs all life emerges

from whose wombs all memory begins

who cradle the blood and bones of generations

who comfort the babies, the sons, and the daughters

care for the elders, the youth, and the men.

To free the world, first honor the women

from whom all beginnings begin.


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Timeline of Women's Rights

The recorded herstory of women's rights began in the

7th Century

622:  Arabia: The Constitution of Medina is declared, which outlines many of Muhammad's early reforms under Islam, including an improved legal status for women in Islam, who were generally given greater rights than women in pre-Islamic Arabia and medieval Europe.   


       women's rights in Islam 


18th Century


1718: Sweden: Female taxpaying members of the cities' guilds are allowed to vote and stand for election during the age of liberty. This right is later revoked.

1754: Germany: Dorothea Erxleben becomes the first woman doctor.

1776: France: Female tailors are allowed in to the guild of tailors.

1778: Sweden: Unmarried women are allowed to leave their home town to give birth anonymously and have the birth registered anonymously, to not answer any questions about the birth and, if they choose to keep their child, to have their unmarried status not mentioned in official documents to avoid social embarrassment.

1788: France: Noble widows are known to have voted to the French States-General in 1788-89 in the absence of a male guardian.

1789: France: The first country in Europe where it is suggested that women are to be in the Assembly of the Estates, there are several demands to include women in the reforms of the right to vote.

1790: France: Equal inheritance rights (later abolished).

1792: France: The reformed laws of marriage and divorce greatly favors women's equal rights in France, but all of these laws are abolished by Napolean Bonaparte  in 1804.

1792: France: Local women-units of the defense army are founded in several cities. Women were officially barred from the army in 1795.

1793: France: The question of women's right to vote is discussed in the parliament ; women's right to vote is acknowledged as a principle, but it is still put aside with the view that the time is not right to make this a reality and is therefore postponed.




19th Century


1810: Sweden: Unmarried women are allowed to be declared of legal majority by royal dispensation.

1821: USA: The first Women's university is founded.

1829: India: Sati is banned.

1833: Ohio, USA: The first co-educational university, Oberlin, is founded .

1839: Great Britain: It is made possible for mothers to be made guardian for children at divorce. Mississippi, USA: Married women are allowed separate economy from their husbands.

1841: Bulgaria: The first girls' school makes education for women available.

1842: Sweden: Elementary school is compulsory by law for both boys and girls.

1845: Sweden: Equal inheritance for sons and daughters in the absence of a will.

1846: Sweden: Professions within the trades are opened on the same terms as men for all unmarried women.

1847: Belgium: Elementary schools are opened to both genders.

1848: New York, USA: Separate economy and independence allowed for married women.

1849: USA: Elizabeth Blackwell becomes the first female doctor. 

1850: Iceland: Legal majority for unmarried women in Iceland.

1851: Guatemala: Women who fulfill the demands of personal economic wealth are granted citizenship.

1853: Sweden: Women are allowed to teach at universities.

1854: Norway: Equal inheritance rights for women. Massachusetts, USA: Married women granted separate economy and legal majority.

1857: Denmark: Unmarried women are declared to be of legal majority. Great Britain: Formal divorce, not just legal separation, is made possible.

1858: Sweden: Legal majority for unmarried women. 

1859: Sweden: Several professions of lower officials are opened to women. Canada: Married women granted the right to own property.

1861: Sweden: The profession of dentist is open to women. Rosalie Fougelberg becomes the first woman dentist and the personal dentist of the queen in 1867. USA: Lucy Hobbs Taylor becomes the first woman dentist. France: Julie-Victoire Daubie becomes the first female student.

1863: Norway: Unmarried women granted legal majority (at the same age as men in 1869).

1864: Finland: Legal majority for women. Sweden: Unmarried female industry workers are given the same rights as men. Sweden: Husbands are forbidden to abuse their wives.

1865: Italy: Legal majority for unmarried women is granted by the new constitution. Switzerland: Women are allowed to study.

1867: Russia: Women allowed to study (at the same terms as men in 1905) and in Finland (at the same terms as men in 1901).

1868: USA: Allows women to study, although several universities had already been open to women earlier.

1869: USA: Arabella Mansfield becomes the first woman to enter the practice of law.

1870: Great Britain: Legal majority for unmarried women; this law is improved in 1874, 1882, and in 1893. Sweden: Women are allowed to study (at the same terms as men 1873). The first female student is Betty Peterson. India: The murder of female infants is banned.

1871: Japan: The first female students are granted scholarships to the United states.

1872: Sweden: Arranged marriages are forbidden. Canada: Women with dependent children who have no husband may have homestead land. Japan: Geishas are made independent.

1873: Britain: Mothers are granted guardianship for children at divorce. Japan: Schools for the education of women to various professions are founded.

1874: The Netherlands: Aletta Jacobs becomes the first woman allowed to study medicine. Italy: The universities open to women. Sweden: Married women are granted economical equality and legal majority. France: The first female trade union. Japan: Elementary education for both genders and the profession of schoolteacher is opened to both sexes.

1875: Denmark: Women allowed to study.

1876: Great Britain: Women allowed to study.

1877: Chile: Women allowed to study.

1878: Finland: Equality in inheritance. Great Britain: Abuse is recognized as grounds for divorce.

1879: Brazil: Women allowed to study.

1880: Australia, Belgium,Canada and France: Women are allowed to study.

1882: Great Britain: Married women are granted separate economy and legal majority. USA: Women are granted legal majority in the entire USA. France: Elementary school for both genders.

1883: Romania: Women allowed to study.

1884: Norway: Women allowed to study. Germany: Legal majority for unmarried women. Mexico: Legal majority for unmarried women. Ontario, Canada: married women are given control over their own property.

1885: France: Divorce is again allowed (after having been abolished since 1814).

1886:Mexico: The first women attend university.

1888: Spain: Women are allowed to study with a written approval from a male guardian. Norway: Legal majority for married women.

1889: Sweden: Women electable to social boards in schools and poor-care.

1891: India: Females younger than 12 are banned from marrying.

1891: U.SA: Marie Owens hired as a police officer in Chicago.

1895: South Carolina, USA: Separate economy allowed for married women. Upper Canada: Women allowed to work as barristers.

1896: Austria-Hungary: Women allowed to study. USA: The profession of lawyer is opened to both sexes, but the first female lawyer in an American state was recorded already in 1869.

1898: Haitii: Women allowed to study.

1899: Denmark: Legal majority for married women.

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 20th Century


1900: Belgium: Legal majority for women. Iceland: legal majority for married women. Egypt and Tunisia: Girls schools are founded. Japan: Foundation of a women's university. France: The profession of lawyer is opened to women.

1901: Sweden: Women are given four weeks maternity leave.

1902: China: Foot binding is abolished, after having handicapped women's feet since ca. 1010.

1904: France: Legal majority for women. Mexico: Divorce is legalized.

1906: Finland: Women allowed to stand for election. Sweden: Municipal suffrage, since 1862 granted to unmarried women and widows, is allowed also for married women.

1907: Japan: The first coeducational university. Norway: Women can stand for election. Finland: First female Members of Parliament.

1908: France: Married women granted legal majority and economical equality. Germany: Women are allowed to study.

1909: Sweden: Women granted eligibility to municipal councils.

1917: Netherlands: Women can stand for election.

1919: Italy: Married women granted legal majority. 

1920: China: The first female students are accepted in the Peking University, soon followed by universities all over China. Canada: Women can stand for election, with some restrictions. USA: Women win the right to vote.

1920: Sweden: Reformed marriage act grants both spouses equal rights.

1921: Belgium: Women can stand for election. Sweden: Full equal rights for married women.

1922: Belgium and Japan: women are allowed to be lawyers.

1926: Turkey: Women are granted legal majority, are admitted to the universities, and the harems and the veil are abolished.

1927: Mexico: Legal majority for married women.

1931: Iran: Women are allowed to study.

1934: Turkey: Women can stand for election.

1936: Iran: The veil is abolished.

1937: Puerto Rico: Women can stand for election.

1938: Sweden: Contrception legalized.

1939: Sweden: It becomes forbidden to fire a woman for marrying or having children.

1945: 'British Guiana'-Guyana : Women can stand for election.

1946: 'Burma'-Myanmar: Women can stand for election.

1947: Sweden: Equal salary for both sexes.

1948: Sweden: Maternity pay guaranteed.

1953: Mexico: Women can stand for election.

1958: Sweden: Women allowed to become priests.

1960: Canada: Women can stand for election, with no restrictions.

1961: El Salvador: Women can stand for election.

1963: Papua new Guinea: Women can stand for election.

1970: Democratic Republic of the Congo: Women can stand for election.

1973: Andorra and San Marino: Women can stand for election.

1975: Sweden, South Africa and USA: The right to abortion is secured.

1978: 'Rhodesia'-Zimbabwe: Women can stand for election.

1980: Sweden: Gender discrimination forbidden by law.

1986: Djibouti: Women can stand for election.

1994: Great Britain: Marital rape was made illegal.

1996: Israel: Women accepted as air force pilots. Oman: Women granted equality under the law. 

1998: Turkey: Husbands can be indicted for domestic violence and adultery for women is no longer illegal.

Qatar: Becomes the first Gulf state to allow women to compete in athletic contests.


african sufferage 


21st Century


And here, alas, the statistics fade way. But we do know that women are still struggling for equality in many places. And ironically, the worst deprivation of women's rights is in Islamic countries, which were the very first in the world to grant women equality under the law. May our rebel sisters in Egypt lead the way for women's freedom. 


        woman being stoned 

Farewell to the Queen of Goddess Culture


merlin stone 

Merlin Stone, the great feminist researcher, scholar and artist died late last month. She was a pioneer of the Women's Movement and the reclaiming of the Great Goddess tradition in the Western world.


Her landmark book, When God Was a Woman had a profound effect on the emerging Goddess Culture of the 1970s and 1980s in the US and eventually, worldwide. It spoke clearly and simply to women raised in traditional Judeo-Christian traditions, and made the concept of a female deity accessible to us all.


For people raised and programmed on the patriarchal religions of today, religions that affect even the most secular aspects of our society, perhaps there remains a lingering, almost innate memory of sacred shrines and temples tended by priestesses who served in the religion of the original supreme deity. In the beginning, people prayed to the Creatress of Life, the Mistress of Heaven. At the very dawn of religion, God was a woman. Do you remember?


Her other major work, Ancient Mirrors of Womanhood collects stories, myths, and prayers invoking goddesses from a wide variety of world religions, ancient and modern. It gave us a global view of how interconnected these Goddess stories are. Inherent in her work is an ecological vision for the future, based on an understanding of the Goddess as the flow of life energy that nurtures and sustains the planet.


It was through her artistic work as a sculptor that she came in contact with ancient Goddess images and became interested in archeology and ancient religion. She received her M.F.A. from the California College of Arts and Crafts, and spent five years of Independent Studies at Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, England. She taught at the State University of New York at Buffalo. From 1958 to 1967 she worked as a sculptor, exhibiting widely and executing numerous commissions.


She spent a decade on research before writing the book published in the UK as The Paradise Papers and then in the U.S. as When God Was a Woman (1976).


Stone's hypotheses are radical and challenging to the accepted views of antiquity, and as such they remain controversial. She is the author of numerous short stories, book reviews, and essays, including "3,000 Years of Racism."


The resurgence of the Goddess has influenced the visual arts, literature, music, theological views and feminist studies, as well as a movement of women and men who now celebrate Goddess reverence as the core of a planetary consciousness and environmental conscience.


I met Merlin in 1975 when we worked together on the Great Goddess issue of Heresies: A Feminist Publication on Art and Politics. Since then, she has been a friend, mentor, supporter and role model for me. She was especially helpful when The Queen of My Self was first released, generously sharing her experience, expertise and encouragement. She will be sorely missed.


There will be a memorial for Queen Merlin in Florida on September 24, 2011. It is being organized by Zsuzsanna Budapest and Bobbie Grennier and will feature many luminaries in the Goddess community. You can find more information here 


Merlin, dear, rest in in peace, embraced by the arms of the Goddess.

The Queen's Correspondence

moon goddess
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Letters In Response To
The February 2011 Issue:

CORRECTION: I am sorry to say that I spelled Jade Beaty's name wrong with her wonderful Peaches story in the Where the Queens Are section.



While we're on the subject of the amazing vulvas and valentines (LOVED that piece!), you might get a kick out of this fun song/video by Amanda Palmer. The story goes, she was "down under" and found that some boorish members of the male persuasion will rudely cat-call an attractive woman by yelling "SHOW ME YOUR MAP OF TASMANIA!" Say what??    


map of tasmania 

Get the picture?  


Ah. So. Ms. Palmer, when hearing this, decided to pen her own song about the "map of Tasmania." Basically it's about the pride of our furriness "down under."


Excerpt of lyrics:

Soft and sweet and shaped like a triangle

Some girls want no shape and they shave it all

That's so whack, it hurts with the stubble

Walking 'round and look like an eight-year-old

I say grow that shit like a jungle

Give 'em something strong to hold onto

Let it fly in the open wind

If it get too bushy, you can trim...

Showing off my map of Tasmania


When's the last time you heard a song, written by a woman, about proudly wearing your pubic hair "au natural?"  

- Beth, NY


Oooh! What a juicy issue! I am so glad to have the encouragement to play out my fantasies, no matter how old I am.

- Sherrie, NH


Thanks for the great Valentine issue, Queen Mama. It was better than chocolate and that is saying a lot!

- Jordan, CT


The Valentines and Vulva issue was hot! I so enjoyed it. It made me chuckle and giggle after a nasty day at work.

And let me tell you, my husband really enjoyed how it made me feel!

- Sarah, NV


I may be an old broad, but I got a great kick out of the Valentine issue of the Chronicles. Thanks. You never cease to please me.

Wendy, MI  


I loved your February Queen's Chronicles Valentines and Vulvas. I'm writing a chapter on our lost eroticism and sexuality and it is just that as you describe. Blessings,

- Marité, Quebec, Canada


Keep up the great work, Donna. I follow your writings in many locations, thanks to the technological wonders of our modern times!

- Margaret, UK


I've been enjoying your recent newsletters a lot - especially the Valentine's Day one. Thanks!

- Carol, NY


I'm raising my hands to say "Hello, great work, I love you!" I follow all of your posts, emails and writings with great joy, inspiration, aspiration and gratitude. Please keep up your Queenly work. I need you. We need you. We Queens are in solidarity in our various Queendoms. If you are coming to SoCal anytime soon, please contact me and allow me to offer you the royal guest treatment. With sovereign blessings,

- Jyoti Jan, CA


Please send your responses to thequeenofmyself@aol.com.
Your letters will be printed in the next Queen's Chronicles.

Kudos to the Queens!

clapping hands rotated  

We extend hearty congratulations to our multi-talented circle of Sister Queens for their impressive accomplishments and successes.

Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.

- Mary Lou Cook

Marcy Gordon, NY; MilDred, TX; Judith Molina, NY; Pauline Oliveros, NY;
on their performances and/or performances of their work.

Zsuzsanna Budapest, CA, Selene (Book); Anne Kreamer, NY, It's Always Personal (Book) on their new publications.

Dara Birnbaum, CA; Lauren Curtis, NJ;
 Janet Goldner, NY; Ilona Granet, NY; Julie Harrison, NY; Christie Rupp, NY; Linda Stein, NY; Muriel Stockdale, NY; Linda Stein, NY; and Robin Tewes, NY; on the exhibitions of their artwork.

Deanne Quarrie, AR, on her new job and home.


Rhianna Mirabello, NY, on the relocation and grand re-opening of her shop.


Diane Saarinen, NY, on the establishment of her new business.


Rev. Karen Tate, CA, on her honorary doctorate degree from Ocean Seminary College.


Saundra Mandel, CA, on her retirement.

Send your good news, achievements, accomplishments, successes and celebrations so that our international circle of sovereign sisters can send you blessings and accolades.
And we are glad to so. It is a joy and a privilege to share in the fortune of another woman. I recently heard Oprah say the saddest thing ever - "The hardest thing about being successful is having someone to be glad for you."

It takes a centered and confident Queen to break that pattern. There are 60 million thrones out there. One for each of us. There is plenty of purpose, passion and power for us all. May we use it well!

It is important that you recognize your progress and take pride in your accomplishments. Share your achievements with others. Brag a little. The recognition and support of those around you is nurturing.
- Rosemarie Rossetti  
Circle of Concern

Helping Hands Circle
Please Offer Your Purest Thoughts, Your
Prayers, Your Great Good
Feelings, And Your Very Best Blessings For Healing and Peace of Mind To:


Alice, NY; Amy, NY; Ann, NY; Annie, MA; Bebee, DE; Betty, AL; Beverly, NY; Carol, NY; Carol, PA; Cat, NY; Chrissie, NY; Dana, CA; Dani, WI; Dominique, NM; Donna, NY; Edie, PA; Ellen, NY; Erica, New Zealand; Erica, NY; Gail, OH; Geraldine, ID; Glenys, Australia; Helena, NY; Jo, AZ; Judith, NY; Kimberly, CA; Kimi, NJ; Laura, NY; Laurie, CA; Letitia, VA; Linda, NY; Lisa, PA; Lucia, TX; Margo, NY; Matild Cathy, NY; Maxine, NY; Nancy, NY; Naomi, DC; Pearl, NY; Sandy, CA; Sarah, CT, Sid, PA; Shirley, IN; Sid, PA; Smriti, CA; Susan, MA, Tara, NY; Terry, CA; and Yvette, NY; who are in the process of healing themselves from illness, accident, injury or surgery.

Deirdre, NY; Erica, CT; Kimberly, NY; Kimi, NJ; Linda, NY; Linda, NY; Meryl, NY; Patricia, Australia; and Regi, CA;
who would benefit greatly from some spiritual support.

Amy, NY; Chrys, NY; Erica, New Zealand; Gail, NY; Kayla, NY; Lee, NJ; Lois, NY; Nancy, NC; Roslyn, NJ;

and Sharon, FL; the caregivers who are in weary need of care themselves.

May Their Spirits Rest in Peace:

Merlin Stone, FL

Marjorie Stradley, CA   


I am passing on a request from Jenifer McNeal for energetic support for her father in transition and for her mother and the family who care so for him. I'm also requesting energetic support for Toni, who has been battling cancer for three years and for whom a bone marrow transplant now seems her only hope. Thank you.

- Beverly, NY 

My right ear feels like it is going to explode (inflammation from psoriasis). Please send me healing energy. Thank you! GODDESS BLESS!

- Sheryll, CA

I'm praying for women I've never met.

As I lay down and close my eyes, names tumble into my consciousness

Like cottonwood seeds, descending from a quiet, summer sky.

Each day I'm touched as the tangled threads of our lives entwine.

A daughter of a friend, a mother, a neighbor's sister, cousin, co-worker.

One by one, they take their place in my nightly prayers:

Theo, whose tumor they hope to shrink. Lisa, who's traded chemo for morphine.

Maureen and Suzanne, strangers all, but sisters of a stranger sort.

We've never met, but we have met the enemy

And it's not us.

We've cried and cursed, wailed and shaken angry fists at a rotten fate,

at a physical failing, a cause unknown.

We've hoped and prayed, trusted, queried,

Asked, begged and believed

Until there are

no more words,

Only the slish of oars skimming the water,

Softly whispering, "Hope, hope, hope..."


- Teresa Schreiber Werth, NY

Please send your requests for physical and spiritual healing and positive energy so that the powerful women of The Queen's Court might send their prayers and blessings to you in your time of need.
Where the Queens Are

                               moon goddess



By Eve Ensler


From the Lebanese mountains

To the Kenyan village of El Doret

We are practicing self-defense

Versed in Karate, Tai Chi, Judo, and Kung Foo

We are no longer surrendering to our fate.

Now, we are the ones who walk our girl friends home   from school.

And we don't do it with macho. We do it with cool.

Our mothers are the Pink Sari Gang

Fighting off the drunken men

With rose pointed fingers and sticks in Uttar Pradesh.

The Peshmerga women

in the Kurdish mountains

with barrettes in their hair

and AK47's instead of pocket books.

We are not waiting anymore to be taken and retaken.

We are the Liberian women sitting

in the Africa sun blockading the exits

til the men figure it out.

We are the Nigerian women

babies strapped to out backs

occupying the oil terminals of Chevron.

We are the women of Kerala

who refused to let Coca Cola

privatize our water.

We are Cindy Sheehan showing up in Crawford without a plan.

We are all those who forfeited husbands boyfriends and dates

Cause we were married to our mission.

We know love comes from all directions and in many forms.

We are Malalai who spoke back to the Afghan Loya Jurga

And told them they were "raping warlords" and

She kept speaking even when they kept

trying to blow up her house.

And we are Zoya whose radical mother was shot dead when Zoya was only a child

so she was fed on revolution which was stronger than milk

And we are the ones who kept and loved our babies

even though they have the faces of our rapists.

We are the girls who stopped cutting ourselves to release the pain

And we are the girls who refused to have our clitoris cut

And give up our pleasure.

We are:

Rachel Corrie who wouldn't couldn't move away from the Israeli tank.

Aung San Suu Kyi who still smiles after years of not being able to leave her room.

Anne Frank who survives now cause she wrote down her story.

We are Neda Soltani gunned down by a sniper in the streets of

Tehran as she voiced a new freedom and way

And we are Asmaa Mahfouz from the April 6th movement in Egypt

Who twittered an uprising.

We are the women riding the high seas to offer

Needy women abortions on ships.

We are women documenting the atrocities

in stadiums with video cameras underneath our Burqas.

We are seventeen and living for a year in a tree

And laying down in the forests to protect wild oaks.

We are out at sea interrupting the whale murders.

We are freegans, vegans, trannies

But mainly we are refusers.

We don't accept your world

Your rules your wars.

We don't accept your cruelty and unkindness.

We don't believe some need to suffer for others to survive

Or that there isn't enough to go around

Or that corporations are the only and best economic arrangement

And we don't hate boys, okay?

That's another bullshit story.

We are refusers.

But we crave kissing.

We don't want to do anything before we're ready

but it could be sooner than you think

and we get to decide

and we are not afraid of what is pulsing through us.

It makes us alive.

Don't deny us, criticize us or infantilize us.

We don't accept checkpoints, blockades or air raids.

We are obsessed with learning.

On the barren Tsunamied beaches of Sri Lanka

In the desolate and smelly remains

Of the lower ninth

We want school.

We want school.

We want school.

We know if you plan too long

Nothing happens and things get worse and that

Most everything is found in the action

and instinctively we get that the scariest thing

isn't dying, but not trying at all.

And when we finally have our voice

and come together

when we let ourselves gather the knowledge

when we stop turning on each other

but direct our energy towards what matters

when we stop worrying about

our skinny ass stomachs or too frizzy hair or fat thighs

when we stop caring about pleasing

and making everyone so incredibly happy -

We got the Power.


Janis Joplin was nominated the ugliest man on her campus

And they sent Angela Davis to jail

If Simone Weil had manly virtues

And Joan of Arc was hysterical

If Bella Abzug was eminently obnoxious

And Ellen Sirleaf Johnson is considered scary

If Arundhati Roy is totally intimidating

and Rigoberta Menchu is pathologically intense

And Julia Butterfly Hill is an extremist freak

Call us hysterical then


I am powerful




Eminently obnoxious




Tattoo me


Give us our broomsticks

And potions on the stove

We are the girls

who are aren't afraid to cook.


"Refuser" is published in Queen Eve's newest work - I AM AN EMOTIONAL CREATURE: The Secret Life of Girls Around the World, just released in paperback from Villard Trade Paperbacks.

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It is my hope that as more and more women rise to reign in the fullest potential of our supremacy, we will harness our purpose, passion, and power and direct it toward creating a more balanced and peaceful world. This is the legacy of Her majesty.

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