Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Women as 'Economic Engine'

"If ever the world sees a time when women shall come together purely and simply for the benefit of mankind, it will be a power such as the world has never known."
Matthew Arnold, British poet and philosopher (1822-1888)
I have been speaking, writing and organizing women around that quote for the past seven years. I believe it to be true, and I have imagined women rising up together to create a more peaceful, compassionate and sustainable world. This somehow always felt like a spiritual quest to me.
And now I am reading an article in the November 2 issue of Newsweek which is suggesting that this global transformation may actually be coming from an unexpected direction: 'Working women are poised to become the biggest economic engine the world has ever known.'
This is the subtitle of an article Hear Her Roar (written by Rana Foroohar and Susan H. Greenberg)which describes how the economic power and future spending patterns of women will both drive the global economic recovery AND shift our planetary priorities to focus on health, education, the well-being of children and the 'development of human capital'. The article also describes a 'virtuous circle' whereby economic growth fuels greater gender equality, which in turn leads to more sustainable forms of ecomomic growth. And it describes this cycle of empowerment as a global pattern, affecting women in India, China, Vietnam and Uganda as much as those here in the U.S.
I didn't see this coming... because I wasn't even looking in this direction. Once again I am reminded that Spirit works in mysterious ways.

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