In the beginning, women were treated as Goddesses on earth who possessed magical powers. We bled without dying and miraculously created humans from inside ourselves.
Men, of course, did their thing - they hunted. They provided.
They were gone for weeks. And brought home one meal. (It was thousands of years before the fridge.)
They were rewarded by entry to the woman’s temple and in the days before buildings that meant her vagina.
Satisfied, the men would run off into the wild again. Leaving women to create society. We built dwellings, planted crops, created textiles, pottery and tools, administered justice and cared for the community.
Then men discovered it was their seed that made humans.
The pantheon of Goddesses were hunted down. The violent Gods of war took over.
Powerful women who opposed them were painted as fierce figures of revenge and anger.
Like dear, sweet, Nemesis, the ancient Greek Goddess of Justice, who distributed fortune, both good and bad, in proportion to what was deserved.
She didn’t deserve to be chased across the sky and violently raped by the newly-empowered Zeuss.
And the modern world didn’t deserve to be built to satisfy men’s egos and sexual desires.
Yet here we are, thousands of years later, drowning in Dr. Christine Blaisey-Ford’s tears.
But this is not like any time ever before in history. We now have generations of women who either fought for, or benefited from, equal opportunity rights for most of our lives.
We are the most educated women ever.
We are the wealthiest women ever.
We are the longest-living women ever.
We are the most powerful women ever.
But you wouldn’t know it.
Published by Piatkus early 2021