Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Trust Like a Woman
On her Holy Hellions blog, Erin Lane shares her thoughts about the hesitancy and self-doubt women often experience before—or even instead of—voicing their knowledge and opinions. “Call it self-depreciation or internalized sexism or fear of confrontation but there is something holding women back . . . from trusting their own perspective,” she writes. She says it’s not biological but history. “A history that told us our voice should be silent (Religion), our voice was hysterical (Medicine), our voice didn’t count (Politics).” But Erin learned an important Quaker truth through a Center for Courage & Renewal retreat. Related reading: Here is a blog post she wrote about on the Center’s website.