Modern day feminism is the key to today’s need for environmental and social progress, as is promoted in this book featuring a collection of essays.
Moonrise: The Power of Women Leading from the Heart features the words and ideas of women (and a few men) who are pioneers in various areas of achievement and guidance.
Through the text, readers are exposed to the ideas that to inspire change and to be an effective leader one needs inner awareness, respect for self and others, and a goal to be sought after with determination.
Progressive Thought on Women Leaders
Nina Simons is the co-CEO and co-founder of Bioneers, a nonprofit organization created in 1990 with the intention of starting discussions on environmental and social issues, encouraging progressive research in these areas, and positing solutions to these problems.
Simons strives to promote women and leadership in modern “feminist” ways and seeks to strengthen the effectiveness and authority of women leaders from around the world and within every field.
Anthology Features Essays on Leadership, Justice, and Change
With this goal, Simons served as editor for an anthology of essays written by well-known leaders and achievers from different walks of life. Moonrise: The Power of Women Leading from the Heart (Park Street Press) consists of 37 thought-provoking essays from mostly women and a few men, ranging from topics political or economical in nature to self-transforming ideas.
Each essay in Moonrise has the goal of making the world a better place in some way. And how is this done? Through leadership that seeks a balance of compassion and caring, or more feminine qualities, with the assertive tendencies of the masculine.
I was pleased to come across the essay contributed by Eve Ensler, a creative woman’s activist whom I admire. Ensler’s essay, “V to the Tenth,” represents how pushing past a fear or a supposed taboo can blow the doors open and start conversations even in areas least expected. It just takes one person to start it. “Saying the word I was not supposed to say is the thing that gave me a voice in the world,” writes Ensler.
Although she writes how speaking up can help one reclaim power in their life, she also points out the areas where society lacks in supporting women’s safety and addressing violence. “The only point of having power, it seems to me, is to give it away, and inspire other people to have it.”
Another essay I enjoyed was “The Color of Sustainability” by LaDonna Redmond, a food activist with a passion for universal accessibility to healthy food. An advocate for “being part of the solution to the issues,” Redmond shares her personal story on becoming a food justice expert—from sustainable agriculture to health food preparation—and the ecological connection between African Americans and farming. Redmond notes that sustainability is not a social welfare issue, and requires diversity and inclusion in order to be attainable.
Moonrise provides for readers an inspired vision. This inspirational book offers concrete evidence in the power of women’s dreams, goals, and accomplishments. While obviously, it’s a must-read for any woman, professional or not, Moonrise is also an essential perspective for men to gain in their paths throughout the world.
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