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The Return of the Sacred Feminine: Sophia in Politics and Life

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OEN contributer Burl Hall is amidst the cosmic flow as the pendulum of patriarchy swings with gusto back toward feminine balance, and presumably with an abundance of Sophia's Wisdom. Burl's many articles and his new book, Sophia's Web: A Passionate Call to Heal Our Wounded Nature, co-authored with his wife, Merry, all assist in the midwifery of the full expression of the feminine.

And he is in good company. Here is a mini smorgasbord of some of the signs of the emergence of more feminine times:

- Maligned women like Sandra Fluke, who is now running for State Senate in CA, have surfed to celebrity on the words of their oppressors.

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- Fifteen-year-old Pakastani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai survived an assasination attempt by the Taliban in 2012. A year later she capitivated Jon Stewart and his audience as she shared her views on equal education for girls. The youngest person ever to be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon said that by targeting Malala, the Taliban "showed what they fear most: a girl with a book."

- Mythologist, cultural historian and lecturer Dr. Kayleen Asbo is celebrating the feast day of Mary Magdalene (July 22) with a celebraton of 22 consecutive blogs honoring Mary Magdalene by posting images, poems, legends and musical links at through mid-August.

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- Free online events include seminars like Thursday's "The Three Keys To Feminine Power" with Claire Zammit, Ph.D., and Katherine Woodward Thomas, M.A., MFT. Claire says, "Masculine power is the power to create things we can predict and control. Feminine Power is the power to create things we can't predict or control such as love, self-expression, creativity, belonging -- those things we most deeply yearn for as women." More info on this free seminar on Thurs., July 31st (5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern) is here.

- In addition, recent statistics show that:

* 64 percent of National Honor Society members are girls.

* Girls are outperforming boys in all subjects except math and science, and even in those subjects, they're closing the gap.

* There has been a steady 25-year decline in boys' participation in extracurricular activities as girls take over clubs, newspapers, and yearbooks.

* For every 77 men who graduate college, there are 100 women who graduate.

* Women now account for roughly 60 percent of associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees and have begun to outpace men in obtaining Ph.D.'s.

(References for these statistics at end of article.)

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)

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