What’s the Connection: Women, Environment & Communication. ~ Tabi(tha) Jayne

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on Feb 6, 2013
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A feminist is a person who is interested in the rights of women; eco is related to the environment.

Therefore, a person who is interested in the rights of women and how these rights are connected to the environment is an “Eco-feminist.”

In my twenties, I had all of these ideas about women’s roles, the state of the planet and how they were interlinked but couldn’t find a way to express it that didn’t seem like garbled nonsense.

I already knew I was a feminist; studying sociology at university cemented that clearly into my psyche. I learned about radical feminism, liberal feminism and feminism that wasn’t even feminism. Yet, I learned nothing about feminism that was linked to the earth.

So imagine my excitement when I googled eco-feminist and found out the term did actually exist!

And then I did nothing with it—I didn’t know how. So I stayed a closet eco-feminist.

Yet the more and more I’ve heard, the more this closet-belief has strengthened.

I don’t need to bring up statistics on climate change; they are now common knowledge. The only thing people disagree on is how long we have left till we irrevocably destroy the earth.

The very nature of the earth as a usable commodity is built into the fabric of our industrial society—and it wasn’t too long ago that we treated women exactly the same (and in some places still do).

According to UN Women, one in three women will suffer some form of violence in her lifetime.

I guess I’m unlucky; in my family circle it’s more like three in three. Either that or the statistics are wrong.

And I’m betting on the statistics being wrong.

Because let’s face it: we live in a society where the creation of the ideal women by the media encourages women to hate our bodies. For me, that’s violence against every single woman, not just one in three.

With the treatment of women and earth the same, maybe it was just coincidence that the rise of modern environmentalism and feminism happened at the same time? Maybe not.

In one corner of the world, women were gaining the first full rights to vote; New Zealand led the way in 1893.

On the other side of the Pacific Ocean, in the United States, John Muir helped pass the National Park Bill in 1890, which created the Yosemite and Sequoia Parks. He then went on to cofound the Sierra Club in 1892, which is now the oldest, largest and most influential environmental organization in the U.S.

Both movements have continued to grow to become, in my opinion, the two most important movements that we, as a society need to pay attention to. If we truly want to change the world, we need to recognize that all other problems are extensions of these.

Take poverty for example: women make up 70 percent of those in poverty according to some estimates by UN Women.

It’s going to be women who are affected first when the effects of climate change really hit.

Conversely, any action to save the planet really helps save women too. The perfect example of this is the Green Belt Movement, which was set up by Wangari Maathai to help Kenyan women save their natural environment and receive an income in the process.

Even though we have the Divine Feminine, which is the idea of a Goddess connected to the Earth, appearing in Spirituality, it’s not enough. While this makes the connection between women and the planet, it doesn’t ground it in action.

We need a clearer link between the divine feminine and environmental action. We also need to show that the connection to the divine feminine isn’t to be found by going within; it’s to be found by going out and taking action to save the earth.

The first step within that action is communicating with the earth and listening to what she’s telling us, even though the language she uses is unfamiliar. It might seem a bit woo woo to communicate with the earth—or, to think that the earth is communicating with us—that is until research starts to support it.

There’s now enough evidence to suggest that the earth is a living, intelligent organism.

This idea, which originated from the Gaia theory by James Lovelock in the 70’s, remains controversial despite Bolivia being the first country in the world to recognize the rights of Mother Earth in 2011.

The biggest challenge for us all is getting past the idea that it’s silly; the paradox is that you have to believe it’s possible before you can experience it for yourself. And why would you believe it if you haven’t experienced it?

It doesn’t matter if you’re a goddess or a god you still hold the power to bring balance back to the divine feminine and the earth.

Get out there and communicate with the earth; the more you do the greater you’ll help change the planet than you’ll ever realize.


Tabi(tha) JaneTabi(tha) Jayne, as the G.o.d.d.e.s.s. of Peace Passion and Purpose, helps bright young women who want to change the world create and live the lives of their dreams so they can experience happiness and fulfilment while they make the world a better place. Become your own super heroine at www.tabithajayne.com.




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15 Responses to “What’s the Connection: Women, Environment & Communication. ~ Tabi(tha) Jayne”

  1. Mark Ledbetter says:

    Nice article. And it got me thinking. I'm old enough so I can kind of remember, but you could probably put the birth of the modern eco-feminist movement, by happy chance (or is it chance?), in almost the same year.

    Environmentalism. Rachel Carson, Silent Spring, 1962
    Feminism. Betty Friedan, The Feminine Mystique, 1963

  2. Oooh thanks for that connection Mark! I wasn't aware of it. Off now to explore more 🙂

  3. Mark Ledbetter says:

    Glad you liked the connection,Tabi. Let me give you (and anyone reading) one more book and one more lady from the early 60s who had great and unexpected influence: Jane Jacobs. She was the first to really express in a way that connected with the times the threat of suburbanization, car culture, and urban renewal. Btw, her concept of spontaneous order has made her a favorite among libertarians. We've adopted her, even though she herself disclaims the adoption.

    Anyway, three straight years, three women set modern movements in motion. The ideas of all three seem to be interconnected. Nobody recognized at the time what a turning point this would be. So, my updated list:

    1961. Jane Jacobs. The Death and Life of Cities
    1962. Rachel Carson. The Silent Spring
    1963. Betty Friedan. The Feminine Mystique

  4. Mark Ledbetter says:

    PS, just found a great list of Jane Jacobs quotes

  5. […] went my initiation into the powerful relationship between life as a mother and my connection to the earth. In that simple vision of labor, weeds drawn from fertile soil over and over again, lay a mystery […]

  6. Jen Mazer says:

    What a great post Tabitha. Thank you! It's so crucial for us now re-entering this feminine age to recognize how precious our mother earth is – to realize the connections and help save our planet from the path of destruction we've been on – into a more sustainable one. Aside from the women you mentioned above, I've always been a huge fan of Julia Butterfly Hill – she's doing amazing work as well. I just watched this beautiful short documentary called Overview on Vimeo the other day about the experience of the first astronauts who saw the earth as a whole from space for the first time – how it made them finally understand how connected we all are. (https://vimeo.com/55073825) Yes, we are all part of one living breathing thing. Are you familiar with Nassim Haramein's unified field theory? And Daniel Pinchbeck's Evolver website? Tons of like-minded folks doing good in the world. Great work. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Jovanka says:

    Wonderful article and so poignant in this new era that we are entering. Honoring mother earth starts with learning how to live consciously. No longer can we afford to look the other way or close our eyes to our own self-destruction. The time for responsible action is now. Thanks for being a fearless wellness warrior and reminds us that we too have the power to change the world one person at a time.

  8. Christina says:

    Even one person can make a difference. Thank you for the reminder that, even though we are just one, we are still important!

  9. You're welcome Christina 🙂 Sometime we forget just how powerful one person can be…

  10. You've got it Jovanka – "living consciously". It's such a challenging thing to do but so rewarding. The time is definately now!

  11. Glad you enjoyed it Jen! I love Julia Butterfly Hill and did think of her when I wrote this article. You've given me some more wonderful resources to explore. I've heard of the unified field theory but not expolored it further. Guess that time is now 🙂

  12. Megan says:

    Love this! Truth. Truth. Truth. And I think it's no accident that the fate of women and the fate of (Mother) Earth are entwined.

  13. Definately not an accident 🙂