We have to live differently or we will die in the same old ways.
Therefore I call on all Grand Mothers everywhere on the planet to rise and take your place in the leadership of the world.
Come out of the kitchen
out of the fields
out of the beauty parlors
out of the television
Step forward and assume the role
for which you were created:
To lead humanity
to health, happiness and sanity.
I call on all the Grand Mothers of Earth
and every person who possesses
the Grand Mother Spirit
of respect for life and
protection of the young
to rise and lead.
The life of our species depends on it.
and I call on all men of Earth to gracefully and
gratefully stand aside and let them
- Calling All Grand Mothers by Alice Walker
Alice Walker’s poem “Calling All Grand Mothers,” from her collection Hard Times Require Furious Dancing: New Poems (New World Library, 2010), calls on the grandmother spirit but also on us to clear the way for a wise woman’s perspective and work—today, tomorrow, and the next day. Although the poem was published a decade ago, it asks a question that still goes unanswered: Isn’t it impossible to know what the difference would be if we were to put females first, until we actually do it?
Photo above is painting by: Frank Howell, titled “Rose of Grandmothers Songs”