Q: What are some of the themes readers can expect to encounter in your newest release, Women Will Save the World?
We have chosen to explore collaboration, creativity, intuition, nurturing, strength, trailblazing, and wisdom. We explore these topics through the voices of many women who inherently are saving the world – simply by being themselves. They are each representative of millions of women who do their part, every day, to make the world a better place.
Q: What inspired you to create Women Will Save the World?
A few years ago, I sat at a tiny table in the middle of Whole Foods and announced to my editor, “I came across a quote from the Dalai Lama, and I want to write a book about it.” It was such an incredibly profound statement, and I couldn’t get it out of my head. For effect, I moved my hand across the sky like it was lighting up a billboard: “The world will be saved by the western woman.”
As a writer, I have the luxury of exploring my trains of thought and personal questions in a very public way, and my desire to create a book such as this is perhaps the expression of a larger thought process at work. The quote was a trigger, but the idea had probably long wanted to hop out of my head and onto the pages of a book.
Q: What sorts of questions are you hoping to elicit from readers of this book?
Well, I can tell you what I asked myself after hearing this simple, profound, and staggering statement. Is it really our destiny to save humanity? Are we at a point and place in time when, being the best and most complete version of ourselves, we will harness our feminine nature and use it for the good of all? What would saving the world look like? Would it be dramatic in superhero fashion, or would it be a quiet, collective impact that steadily grew more and more powerful as we each stepped fully into the beauty of our womanhood?
Q: Can you recall any “battles of the sexes” you’ve experienced that may have sparked this book project?
I am of the generation that has always experienced equality, or at least I certainly have in my life. I never had to “fight” those battles. If you would have asked me at eight or ten or twelve years old, I would have said, “Of course, we’re equal!” It was never a question for me. I excelled at some things, received a fair share of attention, had opportunities, made opportunities, and generally appreciated my position as a female.
Q: What have you gained, perhaps spiritually, from creating Women Will Save the World?
One thing I know is that I still have much to learn and experience about being female. But, I have begun to grow into my womanhood and feel more and more appreciative every day. I have discovered that when I allow myself to relax into my feminine, it is joyful and more fulfilling than anything else I may seek, perhaps because it is this comfortableness with my feminine nature that colors every other experience.
And, I have found that the more I appreciate my feminine nature, the more I appreciate men and the masculine nature. I value that there are marked differences between males and females and also that each of us has our own feminine traits and our own masculine traits. Like most endeavors in life, it is about finding our best balance. Perhaps when we embrace our feminine nature – and celebrate it – we will wholly express and fully step into our being. And, perhaps, as women do this collectively, it will lead to a balance of the masculine and feminine of the world.
It certainly is a wonderful time to be a woman!