Episode Four: Women Know Things

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Episode Four: Women Know Things

On Wisdom and Women

This week, I am excited to begin my once monthly episodes specifically featuring art and topics concerning women, about women, and by women. I think women are marvellous, and I love being a woman. I also think this is an incredibly confusing time to figure out what it means to live well in that identity. It can be confusing to know how to own our strength and power, while also letting ourselves be gentle and vulnerable. It can be difficult to know what to want when the world seems to sell us only two, very limited life packages: one of career, and one of family. I think this vision of womanhood is incomplete. In my life I have been lucky to be surrounded by a great throng of mighty women. They are multifaceted— they think, they feast, they create, they laugh, they give life with their bodies and with their kindness and generosity. When I look to them, I see that there is a capaciousness to womanhood. An ability to hold many things together. 

I think we women need to embrace that capaciousness. 

This monthly series aims to do that by stimulating our imaginations, expanding our way of imagining what it could look like to be a multi-faceted woman.

So these podcasts aim to help push that vision by:

  • Considering the ways women do things (decide, fall in love, make friends, etc.)
  • Bringing talented women artists/thinkers/writers/musicians to light— bringing them to light not just because they are women, but because they are excellent, and they give us models of the capaciousness of womanhood. And because they are sometimes overlooked.
  • Thinking about how these elements of the experiences of woman have been portrayed, for better or ill. And to think about the implications of those portrayals.

I'm very excited about it. I hope you are too.

And, men, this isn't just for women. I think you'll enjoy it too. After all, we women hear a lot of stories about men in art. :- )

This week we'll be looking at the tradition of Lady Wisdom in music, art and story. We'll think about the ways women have been portrayed as counsellors, instructors, and scholars. We'll be looking at an ancient archetype, two women in the English countryside, an overlooked mama and daughter scholarly pair, and a remarkable woman who composed, healed, wrote, and even made up her own language.

 

Literary

Agia Sophia (Holy Wisdom) - Proverbs 8 &9

 This is the basilica, turned mosque, turned museum in Istanbul called Hagia Sophia and dedicated to the Holy Wisdom. 

This is the basilica, turned mosque, turned museum in Istanbul called Hagia Sophia and dedicated to the Holy Wisdom. 

Lark Rise to Candleford

Queenie and Dorcas - Ladies of Wisdom

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You can get the DVD's at the link below, but the show is also available on Amazon streaming. 

Lark Rise to Candleford - Complete Series 1-4 [DVD]
Starring Olivia Hallinan, Julia Sawalha, Claudie Blakley

Visual:

St. Anne Teaches Mary to Read

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 St Anne teaching the Virgin to Read. Breviary of John the Fearless. 

St Anne teaching the Virgin to Read. Breviary of John the Fearless. 

 St Anne teaching the Virgin to Read. Stained Glass Window at All Saints Church, North Street, York

St Anne teaching the Virgin to Read. Stained Glass Window at All Saints Church, North Street, York

The image of Saint Anne teaching Virgin Mary to read, encouraged the systematic literacy of medieval children.
— Mihai Dragnea, "The Influence of the Bible on Medieval Women's Literacy."

For more history on this image, check out the link below...

Musical:

O virtus sapientiae- Hildegard von Bingen

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Hildegard von Bingen

(1098-1179)

 

Doctor of the Church

Mysticism, Medicine, and Music.

Below are some great links to learn more about Hildegard von Bingen and her music... explore to your heart's content!

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