In Without Reservations, Alice Steinbach said, “at first the lives of women frightened me. They seemed so fragile, so dependent on fathers and husbands and brothers and lovers. Gradually, though, I noticed how supple their lives were… I realized it was this flexibility that enabled them to survive. I saw too, that sooner or later, by choice or by chance, most women faced the task of adapting to a future on their own. When at my most optimistic, I thought of it as independence; in darker moods, as survival. Either way, women had to do it.”
This month, we will be celebrating the independence (and survival) of women around the world. I know we haven’t known one another long, but I hope you will trust me. I am about to take you on an inspiring and empowering adventure, not a trail of tears.
If you would like to come along this leg of the WanderLit World Tour, we will be reading For Valentine’s week, we will discuss the V-Day movement and review Then, we will fall far back in time to 960 BCE and learn all we can about the lovely and wise Makeda, otherwise known as the Queen of Sheba. She was, perhaps the first great woman world leader. In Sheba: Through the Desert in Search of the Legendary Queen, Nicholas Clapp with take us on an archaeological and historical exploration through what is now Ethiopia, Yemen, and Israel. The story of feminine power is as old as femininity.
This month, in recognition of St. Valentine’s Day, Let’s celebrate the queen in every woman.
(All pictures are cover art for the books discussed)