WOMEN'S *HERSTORY* MONTH =========================== [Col. Writ. 3/23/06] Copyright 2006 Mumia Abu-Jamal As some groups celebrate Women's History Month, they do so in societies that are hostile to women, and which pays lip service to Women's History, while actually celebrating themselves. By this I mean, in most recollections of such history, are named those women who have served the State in some way, as politicians. They are celebrated because they supported State power, which is, by definition, male supremacy. Rarely are real rebels celebrated, for real rebels have opposed the State, especially when they have been anti-capitalist or anti-imperialist. Put quite another way, few will celebrate the works of the brilliant German revolutionary, Rosa Luxemburg (1871-1919). Few in this country will celebrate the continuing works of the brilliant Angela Y. Davis, scholar/activist and educator. Few officials will mark the month by remembering people like the courageous voting rights fighter, Fannie Lou Hamer, or the steadfast organizer and teacher, Ella Baker, or a dozen other brave souls like them, who made movements possible, by building them at the grassroots. Indeed, there can be no real 'Women's History Month', without the recognition that such a month is but a political construction that ignores great, buried truths. Like any real history would be a 'herstory', for to go to the beginning is to go to a woman. For every being that lives on this earth today, of every race and clime, from Inuits in the North, to the AmaZulu in Southern Africa, have a common mother -- an African mother who generously donated her mitochondrial DNA to her children, and this genetic gift lives in the cell of all who dwell on earth today. None other than Huey P. Newton, late founder of the Black Panther Party, wrote, as early as 1974, of the research of psycho-biologist Mary Jane Sherfrey, for the proposition that socalled 'science' has tried to ignore science, especially when it contradicted biblical beliefs. Huey wrote, in "Eve - the Mother of All Living": "...Adam came out of Eve, and not the reverse, as we have been taught for millennia. The fairy tale of Genesis is taken lightly at our peril, as Ms. Sherfrey and lately the women's liberation movement have told us. But the conflict between appearances and reality is perhaps more profound than even the women's movement has argued. "The first principle of nature itself seems to be female. Genesis is a startling testament to man's realization of that basic identity. In Genesis we see the ancient Mother Nature co-opted by a patriarchal super-masculine beard of a god. The trauma of female primacy is further denied by making the woman, Eve, a mere extension of the man, Adam, and the issue of *his* body! "The early *gens* and tribes, as far as we can tell, were primarily matriarchal and matrilocal, or at least, avuncular, with the mother's brother as the power. *All* of the earliest mythology is univocal in the identification of creativity, power, and primacy with the female. Mother Nature and Mother Earth are the universal models for *all* creation, human and metaphysical. But by the time of writing the Bible, woman had suffered her world-historical defeat and man's revenge appears complete." [Fr. Newton, Huey P., *The Huey P. Newton Reader* (David Hilliard & Donald Weiss, eds.) (New York: Seven Stories Press, 2002), pp. 313-314.] Despite this hidden *her*story, the mark of Eve is written deep in our common genetic code. All of us who consider ourselves human are children of one Mother. Even after several millennia of misogyny (or women hatred), the memory of ubiquitous women's power seeps through into our consciousness. Women gave birth to the world. They supported and still support social change movements more than men, for they know, from their lived experiences, that the world isn't fair, and it must be fundamentally changed. Women not only gave birth to the world, they rebirth the world, daily, in ones and twos, by triplets, and more. Women deserve more than a make-believe month. They deserve our daily honor, and our eternal gratitude, for making life worth living. They deserve the creation of a world where they are beings of our common adoration, high regard, and respect. Copyright 2006 Mumia Abu-Jamal [Mr. Jamal's recent book features a chapter on the remarkable women who helped build and defend the Black Panther Party: *WE WANT FREEDOM: A Life in the Black Panther Party*, from South End Press (http://www.southendpress.org); Ph. #1-800-533-8478.] =============================== "When a cause comes along and you know in your bones that it is just, yet refuse to defend it--at that moment you begin to die. And I have never seen so many corpses walking around talking about justice." - Mumia Abu-Jamal MUMIA'S COLUMNS NEED TO BE PUBLISHED AS BROADLY AS POSSIBLE TO INSPIRE PROGRESSIVE MOVEMENT AND HELP CALL ATTENTION TO HIS CASE.