Charlotte Wolf said, “Women have always been the guardians of wisdom and humanity which makes them natural, but usually secret, rulers. The time has come for them to rule openly, but together with and not against man.” While men have always held power and privilege over women historically, women have long been the center of the family and keepers of wisdom. Knowledge is power, so in this way, we have been secret rulers. Women have preserved family histories, recipes, traditions, secrets to healing, and other shared knowledge for generations. Women have a wisdom that is all our own. We know how to soothe an aching soul, how to ease aches and pains, how to comfort a fussy child. We can mend or fix just about anything. The strength and resiliency of women’s spirit knows no bounds. We are capable of bouncing back from just about anything. We have a unique insight and perspective on problems which we owe it to the world to share. Our wisdom goes well beyond the area of caregiving, nurturing, and simple household duties. We are wise, and it is time for us to step up and own our power. It is time for us to lead.
On this topic, Anne Wilson Schaef writes:
“It is time to listen—to listen to myself and to listen to the ancient wisdom that is all around me.
Women are such masters of practical wisdom and we live in a world that is dying for lack of practicality. What good is the best invention in the world if it doesn’t work? What good are the best ideas in the world if we cannot use them?
If we are indeed the guardians of wisdom, it behooves us to share that wisdom.”
Great ideas abound, but few are actually feasible. If an idea cannot be acted upon or doesn’t work in reality—what good is it, really? Someone has to say it. We need someone who is willing to tell it to us straight, a person who will call us out on our bullshit and will say when an idea, however good, will just not realistically work. Sometimes, that person has to be us.
We are so wise, yet often we just don’t listen to ourselves. Our instincts and intuition go ignored. What we know in our heart of hearts to be true, we won’t give voice to until someone else speaks up first. Our trust in others outweighs our trust in ourselves, We assume someone else knows best, and we must be wrong if we disagree. Why?
It’s time that we stood up and recognized our own knowledge and power. We must own our position as a leader. We are worth listening to, and we have good ideas that are worth sharing. We know best, sometimes. Many times, in fact. Woman’s wisdom deserves to be shared. It benefits not just us to speak up and make our ideas heard, but everyone else too. Knowledge is power, and when we share our knowledge, we empower others with it. Together we can make the world a better place, but only if we are willing to open up and share ourselves with the world.