Professor Valerie Hudson’s Article “Heart of the Matter”

Von Allen forwarded me a link to a Salt Lake Tribune article about a  recent study published in the Harvard published Journal INTERNATIONAL SECURITY showing that the devaluation of women was linked to dysfunctional state outcomes.  Take a look.

Essentially, this study, one of the largest of it’s kind, concludes that the best predictor of a society’s peacefulness is how well they safeguard the interests of women.  It is facsinating and very much in line what our own Riane Eisler says in WHO DOES SHE THINK SHE IS?  that the well being of women is a better predictor of a society’s health than GDP!

The study is authored by Brigham Young University Professor Valerie Hudson.  Thanks Von for sending this to us!


Such a simple message–treat women right–and everybody prospers!


3 Responses to “Professor Valerie Hudson’s Article “Heart of the Matter””

  1. It is also important that we, as women treat ourselves right. I formed a group to support women in their quest to work at their dreams. What I found fascinating is how difficult it is for many women to be selfish about their personal dream. There is so much guilt and fear around doing something we love. I don’t think men do this to themselves. We feel like we are always forced to make a choice, and think somehow that choice makes us good or bad. We judge ourselves too harshly. Two women left 8 Women Dream because they found it too overwhelming to work on their dream. It was too much to ask of themselves.
    This week our group went to the screening of this movie in Santa Rosa. We laughed and cried. We related to the women and their need to work their dream. We also felt the pain of their struggle for balance.
    Such an incredible film. Thank you.
    Catherine Hughes
    Eight Women Dream

  2. Catherine:

    Thanks so much for writing and for attending the screening of WHO DOES SHE THINK SHE IS in Santa Rosa. I am so delighted to hear that you responded so deeply–loved that you “laughed and cried.”

    I agree that we NEED to take ourselves and our dreams as seriously as we take our communities, our jobs, our spouses or significant others and our children. The issue of guilt is HUGE for women. We still think we never can do enough. I believe this stems, in part, from centuries of not valuing or perhaps “monetizing” women’s work.

    Even after making this film discussing the need to value our work, I am still prey to this guilt. I just spent half an hour cleaning my kitchen, putting away dishes and newspapers, and wiping counters–because I was expecting people later this afternoon. Now, the truth is, this meeting will NOT take place in my kitchen. Yet, I cleaned away, on the VERY slight chance that they would walk through….because I did not want to be judged as a poor housekeeper! And some aspects of our lies, we women still “own” as “our” work–a clean kitchen, laundry, errands….

    So, keep up the wonderful work. Tell people about the film! I think it will be at the Rialto for a few more days. Then, we open at the Laemmle theater, in Los Angeles on April 3-9 then in San Francisco at the Red Vic on June 10-11!
    Pamela Tanner Boll

  3. Not that I’m totally impressed, but this is a lot more than I expected for when I stumpled upon a link on Delicious telling that the info is awesome. Thanks.

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