I love this sculpture by Tony Arama. I thought it was the perfect image to depict the Epoch of Eve….
For those of us in the United States, these past few weeks have been an politically motivated, emotionally draining- roller coaster. All eyes were on the highly polarized presidential election. Right wings, left wings and political indies, were treated to an endless pounding of accusations, data thunderstorms, statistical hurricanes, deficit warnings, economic threats, the impending doom of the job market,a hail storm of lies, and religious ramblings of God’s unmerciful judgment upon a nation- rivaling that of the Apocalypse- should we the people choose the wrong side. And rounding it all out was a tug o war on women.
Never before have I been so glad to see the end of an election as I have this one….
For the two days since the election we have been left with the political aftermath of “what if’s”, “what happened”, racial riots and name calling, threats of revolution, cries for a recount, utter shock from media correspondents decreeing the “end of America”, accusations of a conspiracy and tampering, friendships shattered by social media and grandiose face rubbings by the winning side. And there are still religious fanatics preparing us for the apocalypse sure to come now that we have angered God by choosing the anti Christ…….. *sigh*
You would think that with all of the stress the campaign has put on this country, that citizens, politicians and media correspondents alike would put up their hands and call a truce. The campaign is over, now let’s work together as a nation and move forward- as the winning team has so eloquently termed this next phase of America. But no. Instead of moving forward, the above have decided, for the rest of this week anyways, to take America backwards….into the ugly abyss that was this election, so that we can be yet further divided as a nation of Red/Blue/Green/TeaBags/InBetween.
While some are focused on the headlines of the presidential election, the real story in this election was the winner in the war on women: Women! During this election, women’s rights, healthcare options/opportunities, employment equality and control of our vajay jay’s were threatened ….and we women fought back! Blocking these vicious attacks on “womanity”, not just in the Presidential election but in the Senatorial and Gubernatorial elections as well.
In the presidential election, President Barack Obama, who has stood up for women’s rights since his first term, was decidedly elected into a second term. In the Senatorial and Gubernatorial elections, a record number of women, from various backgrounds, were elected into office; officially ushering in what some call the “Year of the Woman”.
I personally believe that this surge of female empowerment is not limited to a year. The movement in the atmosphere we are experiencing right now is more of an “epoch”, which is defined as:
- A period of time in history or a person’s life, typically one marked by notable events or particular characteristics. 2.The beginning of a distinctive period in the history of someone or something.
This notable change is not limited to the United States, but this change is being seen and felt around the world. Therefore I affectionately call this new season, the “Epoch of Eve”: the era of womanity coming into fullness!
Twenty women will serve in the 100-member US Senate and at least 81 of the 435 members of the US House of Representatives will be women. Not only is this an historical event in history of the United States Government, but it is a monumental achievement for women all over the world. More women serving in decision making positions in this country will surely fan with the embryonic fires of female movements around the world.
Not only is the US a economic leader, but we are a democratic and libertarian leader as well. Are we perfect? Hell no; far from it. But, we do have an impressive history of change. The Civil Rights, Women’s Rights, and the LGBT movements of this century alone have been examples to the world of humanity’s ability to change legal and social institutions.
While we have been successful in many things, we still have a long way to go. Even though a record number of women have been elected to office, the United States is only 78th (tied with Turkey) as it pertains to the ratio of women to men in governmental positions. Some would call that dismal, I call it encouraging. In 2012, there are over 100 in office; by 2016 it could be double that! The door is open and the fires have ignited the trails….all I see are open paths.
And blazing those paths for women in government and making history are women like Mazie Hirono, who will be the first Asian American woman to serve in the US Senate, the first Buddihst American to serve, and the first woman to represent the state of Hawaii in the US Senate.
In Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District of the State of Hawaii, Democrat Tulsi Gabbard will be the first Hindu to serve in the US Senate.
In Wisconsin, Tammy Baldwin became not only the first female US Senator for the state, be she is also the first openly gay representative to serve in all of Congress.
And bringing in the biggest first of the night-blazing the biggest trail(s) ever-goes to the state of New Hampshire! The entire election night went to all women! That’s right, for the first time in US history, an entire state government will be run by women! So badd ass!!
New Hampshire’s U.S. Senators, Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte . Carol Shea-Porter and Ann McLane Kuster, were elected to the House of Representatives. And Maggie Hasan was elected, and will serve as the only female Governor in the United States of America. A little side bar: New Hampshire is also the first state in US history to have a female Governor. Back in 1999, they made history by electing Gov. Shaheen.
I’m putting New Hampshire on my list of “must”places to visit. 🙂
There were other firsts and many more women elected to the record number on Tuesday night. You can visit Emily’s List for a complete list.
And if you live in a state where a woman was elected, show them your support. Connect with them by sending a letter of congratulations and subscribe to their websites and news letters so that you can stay up on what they are doing and ways you can contribute to their service.
For those of you outside of the US, you can send your support as well! We all need to support each other, no matter where in the world we are. The fire on these paths are for you too!!
And we promise to connect with and support women in government around the world. If you know of someone in office or planning to run for office, let us know. Send us their name, country, party and info, and we will be sure to support them the best way we can.
Never is a powerful warden. It has the power to keep us from growing into the fearfully and wonderfully made creators we were designed to be. When Never is broken, his power is diminished and the power of those of whom he kept captive increases. This election took a ton of power away from the word “never”. I can’t wait to see how much more power we can steal from the old turd!
Welcome to the Epoch of Eve!