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Sometime, usually between about 45 and 55 years of age, we lose our monthly blood and hormonal balance and there is an alarming awareness of irrevocability when they stop. Menopause marks the termination of our participation in the bottom-line, bigger than we are, biological imperative of our species. Our reproductive potential is now no longer an option. Whether or not we chose to use it when we had it is not the point. What is crucial is feeling that our choices have narrowed.
Women of the Sixties Generation were the first to enjoy an unprecedented access to a variety of birth control methods. It was also largely the women of those politicized times who demanded, and ultimately won, the right to legally decide the destiny of our own bodies. Once in possession of this precious, personal choice of whether or not to become and/or stay pregnant, we have chosen, on the whole, to have fewer babies and at a more advanced age than ever before in history. Freed of what we considered to be biological tyranny and possessed of sophisticated ecological concern, fully one fifth of us chose not to have children at all.
As the tenure of our Mother time ends, it causes many of us to re-evaluate the choices that we have made about fertility, decisions that have defined our life for the past few decades. The finality of menopause really rankles. Some women who had never wanted babies now suddenly become nostalgic for what might have, could have, been.
Thirty-three years after writing a ground-breaking piece in Look magazine about not wanting to have children, the writer Betty Rollin admitted on the pages of Modern Maturity that she was "one of those old-time 'career girls' who forgot to have children. At the age of 60," she continued, "I began to mourn for the children I never had." Others, upon consideration, are secure and still satisfied with their earlier choice to remain childless, or what many in that category prefer to call childfree.
Many of us with children now face the future with an empty nest, our family grown and our kids off creating lives of their own, which leaves us with huge amounts of unaccustomed time to use as we please. This would be extremely liberating if it didn't also make us feel so lonely and insecure. I can't tell you how many times I have heard women exclaim in jubilation as their mothering days run out, "And now, it is my turn!" - the mantra of middle age. Then they stop in their tracks, dumbstruck as they realize that now, free to pursue their deferred dreams, they have no idea any more of what it is that they want for themselves.
After a couple of decades of serving the needs and desires of others, we have lost sight of our own. Our early aspirations were sacrificed on the altar of nurturing others, murdered by self-denial, dashed by adversity and starved by neglect. Not only do we "lose" our children at this stage of life, we also lose our sense of Self. As Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis poignantly put it, "What is sad for women of my generation is that they weren't supposed to work if they had families. What were they going to do when the children are grown - watch the raindrops coming down the window pane?"
For the twenty percent of us who are not biological mothers, it is still extremely important to acknowledge that we have, in fact, been Mothers in the archetypal sense. We have been birthing careers, mothering social causes, nurturing creative endeavors, tending businesses, mentoring students and co-workers. If, as it has been said, "Some people give birth to children and some give birth to culture," then we were the Culture Mothers, the Mothers of Necessity, the Mothers of Invention.
When our era of selfless mothering of others comes to an end we must begin to direct our ministering attentions toward our own care and feeding, our own growth and comfort, our own self-healing. Now it is time to lavish upon ourselves that same unconditional loving kindness, encouragement, support, and solace that we have always given so freely to others. Now is the time to become our own mothers.
With blessings of maternal love,
Necessity is the mother of invention, it is said. And women have long stepped up to create solutions to the problems that they have encountered in daily life as housewives, mothers and agricultural workers.
I don't think necessity is the mother of invention - invention, in my opinion, arises directly from idleness, possibly also from laziness. To save oneself trouble.
- Agatha Christie
It is believed that women invented agriculture and certainly it was women who invented pottery, ovens and weaving. But, of course we do not know that for sure.
The first woman inventor on record was Hypatia of Alexandria who crafted the first pane astrolabe, used to measure the positions of the sun and stars and to calculate the ascendant sign of the zodiac. She also invented a device for measuring the level of water and another system for distillation, as well as the hydrometer, both sometime around 400 A.D. The hydrometer-or hydroscope-was a sealed tube about the size of a flute, weighted at one end. The depth to which the hydrometer sunk in a particular liquid gave a reading on the substances, specific gravity.
Sybilla Masters was the first American woman inventor on record. In 1712 she developed a new corn mill, but was denied a patent because she was a woman. Three years later the patent was filed successfully in her husband's name.
Sara E. Goode was the first African American woman to be awarded a patent in 1884 for a Folding Cabinet Bed.
We'll probably never know how many women inventors there were. That's because in the early years of the United States, a woman could not get a patent in her own name. A patent is considered a kind of property, and until the late 1800s laws forbade women in most states from owning property or entering into legal agreements in their own names. Instead, a woman's property would be in the name of her father or husband.
Women have been responsible for the invention of a wide range of domestic devices to make house work easier such as ironing boards, clothes wringers, pastry forks, dishwasher and the flat bottomed paper shopping bag, etc. These were practical solutions to everyday problems.
Want is the mistress of invention
- Susanna Centlivre
Here is a small selection of domestic and beauty inventions by women:
1867 - Elizabeth Hawk - Cooking Stove
1872 - Josephine Cochran - Dishwasher
1875 - Susan Taylor Conversa - One-piece Emancipation
Suit to replace suffocating corsets
1880 - Ellen Elgin - Clothes Wringer
1882 - Adeline D. T. Whitney - Alphabet Blocks
1891 - Catherine Deiner - Rolling Pin
1892 - Sarah Boone - Ironing Board
1896 - Julia Terry Hammonds - Apparatus for Holding
1898 - Lydia D. Newman - Hair Brush
1905 - Madame C.J. Walker - Hair Care Products with
1930 - Ruth Wakefield - Chocolate-chip Cookies
1950 - Marion Donovan - Disposable Diaper
1956 - Mary B. Kenner - Sanitary Belt
1959 - Mary B. Kenner - Sanitary Belt with Moisture
Proof Napkin Pocket
1983 - Maxine Snowden - Rain Hat
1983 - Theora Stephens - Pressing/Curling Iron
1987 - Ruane Jeter - Digital Toaster
Women were also responsible for inventing a wide variety of major military, industrial, commercial and medical improvements:
1812 - Tabitha Babbitt - Circular Saw
1843 - Ada Augusta Lovelace - Early Computer
1845 - Sarah Mather - Submarine Lamp and Telescope
1871 - Martha J. Costen - Maritime Night Signal Flares
1871 - Margaret Knight - Paper Bag Making Machine
1875 - Ellen Fitz - Globes
1879 - Mary Walton - Locomotive Chimney
1881 - Mary Walton - Elevated Railway
1882 - Maria Beaseley - Life Raft
1887 - Anna Connelly - Fire Escape
1888 - Miriam E. Benjamin - Gong and Signal Chair (used
in the US House of Representatives.)
1893 - Margaret Wilcox - Car Heater
1893 - Harriet Tracy Sands - Gravity Safety Elevator
1899 - Letitia Geer - Medical Syringe
1900 - Florence Parpart - Street Cleaning machine
1903 - Mary Anderson - Windshield Wiper
1904 - Margaret Knight - Rotary Engine
1917 - Ida Forbes - Electric Hot Water Heater
1917 - El Dorado Jones - Engine Muffler
1951 - Bessie Nesmith - Liquid Paper®
1952 - Virginia Apgar - Apgar Tests, which evaluate a
baby's health upon birth
1952 - Grace Hopper - The First Compiler, a program
that translates instructions for a computer from
English to machine language
1956 - Patsy O. Sherman - Scotchgard™ Fabric Protector
1959 - Ruth Handler - The Barbie doll
1966 - Stephanie Kwolek - Kevlar, a steel-like fiber used
in radial tires, crash helmets and bulletproof
1969 - Marie V. Brittan Brown - Home Security System
Utilizing Television Surveillance
1999- Randi Altschul - Disposable Cell Phone
Maria Telkes, chemist and solar engineer is the designer of the first residential solar heating system and the inventor of many patent solar-powered devices. Born in 1900, Dr. Maria Telkes first became interested in the problems of solar power as a high-school student in her native Hungary. After she earned a doctoral degree in physical chemistry, she relocated to the United States. From 1939 Telkes held positions in solar energy research and development at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and New York University College of Engineering, among others. In 1948 she provided the heating system design for an experimental solar-heated house in Dover, Massachusetts. Built with funds provided by Amelia Peabody, a wealthy Boston sculptor, and designed by architect Eleanor Raymond, the house is still in use today. Telkes' other solar-powered inventions included a distilling system for life rafts and a solar oven.
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Although better known as a Hollywood beauty Queen, Austrian actress Hedy Lamarr (born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler) also became a pioneer in the field of wireless communications following her emigration to the United States. "Any girl can be glamorous," she once said. "All she has to do is stand still and look stupid." The international beauty icon hid a brilliant, inventive mind beneath her photogenic exterior. In 1942, at the height of her Hollywood career, along with co-inventor the composer George Anthiel, she patented a frequency-switching system for torpedo guidance that was two decades ahead of its time. By manipulating radio frequencies at irregular intervals between transmission and reception, the invention formed an unbreakable code to prevent classified messages from being intercepted by enemy personnel.
Stephanie Kwolek, a researcher at DuPont, discovered the lightweight fiber known as Kevlar, which is pound for pound, five times stronger than steel. With a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Pittsburgh's Carnegie Institute of Technology, Kwolek had little formal education compared with most of the scientists DuPont hires today. More than 3,000 law enforcement officers have survived potentially fatal or disabling injuries because of Kevlar bulletproof vests, helmets and shields. And countless combat service members have been saved since the 1991 Gulf War by wearing helmets made with Kevlar. Besides body armor, the fiber is used in a variety of other things, including oven mitts, tires, airplane parts and mattresses.
Sarah Breedlove Walker invented a revolutionary new method of straightening hair for African American woman who, up until that time, had had to place their hair on a flat surface and press it with a flat iron to press out the kinks. In 1905 Madame Walker invented her hair softener and a special straightening comb, a godsend for millions of women. Overnight the former laundress found herself in business with assistants, agents, schools, and eventually, a manufacturing company. Before her death in 1919 Madame Walker could count over 2,000 agents selling an ever-expanding line of Walker products and demonstrating the "Walker System" of treating hair. She organized her agents into clubs, trained operatives for her system, allocated franchises and provided the cosmetics and equipment required. Her payroll was over $200,000 annually. She donated large sums to charity and to educational institutions. She even founded an academy for girls in West Africa and bequeathed $100,000 to it.
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Q. What does power mean to YOU, dear Queens? Please send me your thoughts about power and also stories of your own empowerment. When shared, these ideas and examples are extremely inspiring to others. Thanks.
A. You asked for an empowerment story:
In February of this year my 82-year old father had a stroke. He lives 3000 miles away. His wife decided not to call the ambulance, because Dad asked her not to. Maybe a little lie down would make him feel better. Through a roundabout way I happened to find out this was going on. I called her and got her to get him to the hospital.
Shortly after that I made plane reservations and was told not to come. I shoved my inner child back into her fun place and let the Queenly grown-up speak. I Informed them that I was coming anyway and when I was arriving. It turned into a three week stay, during which I spent every day at the rehab center with Dad doing my best to advocate for him when his wife could/did not. This included conducting some very frank and uncomfortable discussions with physicians, doing all the driving, shopping and meals for his wife (who has her own health issues that she is in denial about), making sure that the dog was taken care of, teaching Dad's wife how to deliver insulin (don't get me started on the practice shot that had 30 units of insulin instead of 3 - yikes!) and sundry other things that escape me at the moment.
At the end of each day, I spent approximately 45 minutes composing a detailed email of the day's events, improvements, set-backs, plans being made and the reality of Dad's condition as well as the reality of his wife's inability to be "present" and able. This email went out to a large extended family (his children and her children - all adults) and had to be worded most carefully and candidly.
The short version of the above is that I rose to the occasion in ways that I did not realize I could, and maintained this successfully for weeks. My communication was clear and concise. I was able to deal with obstacles without raising my voice or being condescending, and was gently persistent until there was resolution.
I managed to get the attention and good response from people in authority. I was able to truly be the adult when I would usually defer to the parents. My daily email reports kept everyone in the loop without making anyone defensive regarding their parent. All along the way I encouraged everyone to be gentle and loving with each other in this highly charged situation. And most surprising, they all started to ask for and seriously consider my advice, including the most bossy "in charge" folks. Many family members expressed their thanks and how they don't know what would have happened had I not been there.
My inner Queen served me well, and now I know that I can call on her when I need her.
- Gloriana, CA
A. In response to your "power" query:
I believe that the strongest most powerful approach I can take in my life and my creativity as a public and environmental sculptor is to align my Self with the flow of the spirit. Ralph Waldo Emerson (another Quaker) felt the World Spirit was a good swimmer. My job is to develop a harmonic with that spirit and surf or swim along with her!! Loving support,
- Hera, NY
A. In your next Queen's Chronicles you should mention that ALL QUEENS should go and see Catherine Deneuve's latest film called "Potiche," which is a "Queen takeover" in the best possible way if ever I saw one. The movie begins with Catherine, who has all her life been a faithful wife without any power, and it ends with her becoming the mayor of a town and making a marvelous speech about matriarchies and Amazons and singing and dancing. I was getting up and cheering at the end. A REAL feel good movie~!!!!!
- Cristina, NY
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Letters In Response to the April 2011 Issue:
- Sheila, NJ
Thank you so much, Queen Sheila. I really appreciate your support.
I received your book, The Queen of My Self, from the give-away contest and am absolutely thrilled! What a fantastic collection of stories, insights, magical ideas and practical advice. I love it! Now that I have turned 54 (how did that happen?) I know that this wonderful book will definitely be a guiding light for me. Blessings in Her,
- Lyssanda, Ontario, Canada
I loved your issue on Water. Some years ago, a PBS special appeared called "Water, Sacred and Profaned." It was put out by the Foundation for Global Community, 222 High Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301. Phone (800)702-7932. Hopefully they can still be reached at this place. Your other readers might be moved to obtain it. I was moved to write a poem by this video. If you choose to use a part of it (a whole would probably take up too much of your newsletter), I would be honored.
- Karen, NJ
NOTE: Here are the first and last stanzas of Queen Karen's lovely water poem. Look for the entire poem in a future issue.
I Dream of Water
By Karen Ethelsdattar
A young woman holds out to me a vase
brimming with cool, clear, magic water,
sacred water, holy water.
Water is sacred, is magic, is holy:
it makes life to grow. ...
...I have a dream
that all of us who thirst
may sip, may drink
That our water may be pure,
our water may be clear & clean.
There is so much water on this planet, it must seem an infinite amount to all or at least many people. And true, it does recycle itself, but it is really more of a finite resource, we need to keep reminding ourselves and others of that. Thank you Mama Donna. Not that long ago it was safe to drink from many springs around here, at least from the point of chemical contaminants, but with the increase in oil and gas wells, this is no longer true. Farewell to the springtime delight of wild watercress, also.
- Lorraine, PA
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I am where I am because I believe in all possibilities.
- Whoopi Goldberg
Robin Bady, NY; Maureen Gosling, CA; Gina Gibney, NY; The Guerrilla Girls, NY; Carol Tandava Henning, NY; Annie Lanzillotto, NY; Karen Malpede, NY; Linda Montano, NY; Pauline Oliveros, NY; Heather Salmon, CA; Elaine Silver, FL; Annie Sprinkle, CA; Elizabeth Stevens, CA; Rowan Storm, CA; Lynne Tillman, NY; Kay Turner, NY; and Nina Yankowitz, NY; on their performances and/or performances of their work.
Laura Amazzone, CA, Goddess Durga and Sacred Female Power (Book); Juliette de Bairacli Levy, Greece, Summer in Galilee (Book); Leilani Birely and Luisah Teish, CA, On Holy Ground: Commitment and Devotion to Sacred Lands (Book); Rev. Temple Hayes, FL, How to Speak Unity (Book); Deborah King, CA, Be Your Own Shaman: Healing Yourself and Others with 21st-Century Energy Medicine (Book); Daina Puodziunas, MI, and others, Midlife Women's Wisdom (E-book); Jeanne Simonoff, NM, Saving Myself: A Los Angeles Childhood (Book); Susun Weed, NY, Down There: Sexual and Reproductive Health (Book); on their new publications.
Helene Aylon, NY; Nancy Azara, NY; Judith Bernstein, NY; Cristina Biaggi, NY; Marieken Cochius, NY; Karen Finley, NY; Karen Fitzgerald, NY; Scherezade Garcia, NY; Janet Goldner, NY; Vijali Hamilton, NM; Janet Henry, NY; Lisa Rivera, NY; Joyce Cutler Shaw, CA; Bonnie Sherk, CA; Linda Stein, NY; Muriel Stockdale, NY; Robin Tewes, NY; Linda Vallejo, CA; Vijali, NM; on the exhibitions of their artwork.
To Terry László-Gopadze, CA, Editor and all of the authors (including Queen Mama Donna) included in the anthology, The Spirit of a Woman: Stories to Empower and Inspire for being awarded a 2011 Nautilus Book Awards Silver Medal.
Ede Fox, NY, on being the 2011 honoree of the Central Brooklyn Independent Democratic Club.
Diane Blaha, NY, and Dianne Barnes, NM, on their new jobs.
Dianne Barnes, NM, on her new home.
Valerie Sonnenthal, MA, on her marriage.
Dani Sutliff, WI, on the birth of her first granddaughter.
Lucia Chiavola Birnbaum, 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
Please Offer Your Purest Thoughts, Your Heart-Felt
Prayers, Your Great Good Feelings, And Your Very Best Blessings For Healing and Peace of Mind To:
Amy, NY; Bebee, DE; Betty, AL; Carol, NY; Carol, PA; Chrissie, NY; Cristina, NY; Dana, CA; Dani, WI; Dominique, NM; Donna, NY; Edie, PA; Ellen, NY; Erica, New Zealand; Gail, OH; Geraldine, ID; Glenys, Australia; Jo, AZ; Jude, NY; Judith, NY; Karen, NJ; Kimberly, CA; Kimi, NJ; Linda, NY; Linda, NY; Lisa, PA; Lucia, TX; Margo, NY; Matild Cathy, NY; Maxine, NY; Naomi, DC; Pearl, NY; Sandy, CA; Sheri, NY; Shirley, IN; Sid, PA; Smriti, CA; Susan, MA; Susan, NC; 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:
Muriel Dees Arceneaux, MS
Maria Dolores Diaz, CA
Renee English, NY
Bobbie Gove, NC
Amy Grabel, MA
Renee Hanover, IL
Kathy Parker, AZ
Donna R. Roberts, NY
Joanna Russ, AZ
Letitia Swain, VA
Kate Swift, CT
With Sincere Condolences:
Sandy Bailey, MA
Tracey Baum-Wicks, NY
Karen Fitzgerald, NY
Leonora Lucon, NY
Cynthis May, NY
Flash Silvermoon, FL
Dear Lovely Women,
My breasts are now gone, hollow space with serious lacerations. Just trying to stay alive. Was a miracle 15 years ago, trying for it again. Certainly could use some healing prayers sent my way. Love,
Susan Atlas, NC, needs our help. She has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma with tumors affecting her spinal column. She is in extreme pain. She will require radiation, inserts of concrete filled balloons to stabilize her spinal column and chemo. She is also, of course, investigating holistic remedies. Please send healing energy and remember her in your prayers.
- Beverly, NY
Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.
- Helen Keller
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.
NEW YORK AND PENNSYLVANIA
In the April Issue of
The Chronicles, Chrys Countryman wrote about her planned A Walk for Water protest pilgrimage.
A WALK FOR WATER Follow Up
We walked and carried water 90 miles to honor and call attention to our universal need for water. The entire journey was an amazing experience, which exceeded my hopes in many ways.
I am filled with gratitude thinking of all the people who got involved in the walk. I am grateful to those who came on the journey, raised money and volunteered their time to make this happen.
Mama Donna played a special part in pinning our imagining into the world by saying YES right away when I asked if she would help. She committed to coming all the way to Neversink, a place she had Neverheard of, to stand out in the cold on the side of the road and bless us on our journey. She did bless us and entrust us with some of her precious World Blessing Water.
I feel that together we were able to inspire many to feel something that melted their paralysis and sense of overwhelm at least for a while. The communities in Liberty, Jeffersonville and Callicoon were remarkable, and the feedback is that our action was a catalyst to help renew something that was stressed and diminished by the divisiveness brought on by the land men coming in to get leases. Personally I would rather keep walking than try to reintegrate with normal life, I think we all feel that. There is something amazing about being out there on the road. Rain, wind and all.
There are times I get really scared about what might happen to our beautiful region. Then I think of when we crossed into Pennsylvania. The people of Callicoon and Damascus followed us out onto the bridge over the Delaware River carrying a giant blue length of cloth and threw daffodils down into the water like prayers. As the mighty river carried them away I knew right then everything will be OK, we will stand up for our water. We will protect what we love.
Many people expressed thanks to us for doing the walking. I want to say that to carry the amphora of water, to witness this kind of beauty is an honor and a privilege. Our water blessing ceremony in Salt Springs was full of sweet wild loving spirit and the people there hope we come back soon.
I am already getting excited about what is ahead. Women are coming forward in my hometown to say they want to do a walk in June. We are walking to Kingston to address our county health department about the threat to our water supplies. We are wondering who we might want to visit in Albany and thinking of walking groups coming there from all directions. I am contemplating a walk to Washington DC. It will be two weeks walking for me to get to D.C. from upstate NY. I understand that legislation currently in congress would essentially lock us into gas mining. I am not going to sit still for it.
For those who would like to hear more about the walk, and enjoy a lovely playlist of music about water and love of nature go to www.wjffradio.org
and check out their April 17 archive of the Gift of Peace program. It features us walking into the studio for a couple of nice interviews and the music is great too. What a blessing to be able to ask people to create a relationship to water that will sustain us into the future and know that it's being heard by countless radio listening ears and being taken seriously, very grateful for that.
Much love from Chrys Countryman and the Walk about Water Team
|Send Off Ceremony|
|Blessing the Walkers|
|Chrys with the Precious Water|
|On the Road|
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