On sunday mornings, I go to a dance class, or, better put, a sort of dance gathering. Great music, about 150 people moving around getting drenched with sweat and feeling really good – all before 10am.
One of the most remarkable things about this particular gathering is that there are a lot of older women there – women in their sixties, seventies, even a few in their eighties.
Yes, they do a little less jumping than the younger ones, but they are still moving, dancing, and looking radiant.
I started to notice that one of my favorite things about this class was dancing with older women.
Moving with them, looking into their eyes, beholding them was profoundly healing for me.
We throw around phrases like “was healing for me” a whole lot so I want to slow down there and say, no, I really mean it, it healed something for me.
I realized, dancing with them, how deprived I was of seeing older women’s faces. After all, in the many images I enounter everday on TV, billboards, magazines, web ads, pinterest pics, you rarely see a real older woman’s face. Wrinkled, radiant, and healing to behold. Beautiful in the way we forgot was beauty.
Women need to see those faces, for reasons I can’t quite put into words but that I have experienced. They bring it all back into balance. I think you know what I mean.
We don’t just need grandmothers’ faces. We need their voices too. Look at most institutions and you’ll see at lot of “grandfather power” – the power of the older male figures in our society. We need “grandmother power.” We need the wisdom, abilities, and love that older women bring.
I learned this phrase “Grandmother Power” when I met documentary photographer Paola Gianturco, who has been featured everywhere from Oprah to The New York Times. Her latest work is on Grandmother Power. She’s inspired me to launch a project, The Grandmother Power Blogging Campaign, which I share more about below.
If you don’t have a blog, I hope you’ll participate in the project as a reader – stay tuned for the Grandmother Power blog posts during the week of May 7th. And if you are a blogger, I hope you’ll participate by writing a post for the campaign – details below.
A Special Invitation to Bloggers
Above: Grandmothers study solar engineering so they can bring light to their villages in India.
If you have a blog, I have a special invitation for you. I’m organizing a “blogging campaign” – a collaborative effort when hundreds of bloggers from all around the world will join together to write about a single topic at their blogs.
What’s the topic that I am so jazzed about that I couldn’t resist working to get women around the world talking about it?
Grandmother Power. Grandmother Power is about the power of older women to change our world.
You can write about “Grandmother Power” in many different ways. You can pay tribute to a grandmother or another important older woman in your life. If you are an older woman, tell us about your vision for your grandchildren. Or, use one of the amazing stories & photos we’ll be sharing of activist grandmothers around the world – drawing from the book Grandmother Power by Paola Gianturco.
We’ve got more than 10 writing prompts like these to get you going!
If you’d like to participate, sign up HERE and you’ll receive all the details!