As I have witnessed both the joy of so many across the world at the nomination of Kamala Harris for Vice President and the deep sorrow at the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, I am struck by the fact that, in 2020, supremely qualified women still need to be trailblazers to hold high office. After all, goddesses and wise women gave a number of cultures their systems of laws and governance and have been celebrated for their wisdom as judges for millennia.
Here are a few of the goddesses and wise women lawgivers:
- the Italian goddess Egeria gave Rome its first laws and taught the correct rules for Earth worship;
- the Babylonian Kadi, was goddess of Earth and justice;
- Ala of the Ibo people of Nigeria is both the Earth Mother and lawgiver of society;
- the Greek Themis, daughter of Gaia, symbolized the social contract and cohesion of people living on Earth;
- the Inuit Sedna both gave humanity abundance from the ocean for life from her own body and withheld it when her laws were broken;
- Marcia Proba, whose historical reality is unclear, is said to have created the ancient Celtic system of laws known as the Marcian Statutes that may have influenced later British law;
- past and present Women’s Councils and Clan Mothers of the Iroquois and other Indigenous peoples as well as those of Societies of Peace have brought harmony and well being to their people for tens of thousands of years.
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