Acknowledging our Teachers
Acknowledgement of Country
We acknowledge the First Nations people as Traditional Custodians of the land on which we work and live, and the land on which we meet. We recognise their continuing connection to land, water and community.
Specifically, we acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, the traditional owners of the land upon which the GlobalWoman office in Sydney is located.
We pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging.
We acknowledge that Aboriginal sovereignty has never been ceded.
GlobalWoman Statement on Diversity and Inclusion
GlobalWoman honours our ancestors, specifically the women who have come before us in our matrilineal line.
Wherever ‘GlobalWoman’, ‘woman’ or ‘goddess’ are used we intend to speak to an inclusive definition of woman and femaleness which includes black and indigenous women of colour (BIWOC).
All women are welcome, inclusive of the diversity of bodies, genders, sexualities and relationships, and welcoming of trans, genderqueer, non-binary, and cis women.
The Matrilineal Line
The mission of GlobalWoman is to co-create a female-centred world that connects, champions and energises women across the world to find a life that is theirs.
This has been my life’s work.
It started as I grew up in the western suburbs of Sydney. All around me were role-models of women doing their utmost to carve meaningful lives out of the patriarchal bedrock that had formed over thousands of years, passing from generation to generation.
I saw the struggle up close and it wasn’t easy.
My great-grandmother Margaret who as a teenager left Ireland for Adelaide, and lived an extraordinary life until the age of 95.
She left Ireland due to famine. On arrival in Australia, I recognise that the life my great-grandmother made for herself was built on stolen lands. The exiled became the occupier.
Margaret’s extraordinary life included birthing her daughter and my maternal grandmother Bridget. Bridget birthed my mother Betty and my maternal aunts, Mary and Kathleen.
Betty birthed eight children, including myself and my sisters Anne and Helen.
My great-grandmother’s momentous decision to shape her life by immigrating to Australia has resulted in an enormous, loving and extended clan has grown.
The nuns that ran the local Catholic schools I attended, and the teachers doing their best to encourage in all of us, a life-time love of learning.
Stepping into the Outer World
My college friends Jane-Frances, Maureen, Liana, Therese and Teresa.
Sister Enid, visionary and pioneering principal of the Catholic school where I taught for a few years.
For the existence of the Osho Commune in Pune India; a salve to heal the origin wound.
Ramana. Papaji. Gangaji. Isaac Shapiro.
Deepam, Vera, Sangam. Amano. Willem. Kallika. Gatha. Kailash. Aseema. Alka. Udgita. Karima. Pravah. Amrita. Akash. Anugita. Dhiren.
To the women of India; for your radiant beauty, colour, tenacity and entrepreneurial initiative.
When I first started studying Astrology, I was presented with the conventional hetero-normative, patriarchal version that is taught; a version where the female symbols were reduced to the Moon/Venus binary of Mother and Mate.
I came to learn that the fullness of women’s lives had been written out of Astrology, and I asked myself, as I had with the Bible, ‘Where are the women?’
I started seeking answers by reading, asking and learning about the omitted symbols which represent the whole container of a woman’s lived experience; Lilith, Ceres, Pallas Athene, Juno, Vesta and Fortuna.
I have come to know that Astrology is the interpretation of two evolving languages; mathematics and mythology.
Gwyllem Williams who taught me the Astrology fundamentals. For my original Astrology learning group. Demetra George. Josephine Corcoran. Liz Greene. Bunny Hoopstar. John Lethbridge. Ezzie Spencer. Carol Sullivan. Dianne Stewart. Toni Scoble. Paie Haagsma.
To every woman who has explored the Astrology portal with me. To every woman who booked an astrology session with me.
Thank you. This is the frontline of learning astrology.
To the great Goddess, Lilith. Each day I am inspired by your integrity, sovereignty and power.
Each day I ask myself ‘how will I be creative today?’. It is much easier and more uplifting to be productive when we choose to centre our work around creativity.
This list is endless, and as we go on, more names of creatives will be added.
To start with…
Tori Amos. Solange. Ursula le Guin. Margaret Atwood. Maria Popova. Anais Nin. Fatima Bhutto. Patti Smith. Amrita Sher-Gil. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Amanda Palmer. Janelle Monaé. Isabel Allende. Lizzo. Michelle Marie McGrath.
Marie Forleo, Rachel MacDonald. Marcia B. Beáta Alföldi. Faith Agugu. Bunny Hoopstar. Rebecca Lowrie. Katy and Jillian. Linda Hartley-Clark. Sue Jackel. Jennifer Campbell. Christine O’Connell. Louise Robinson for so much guidance, especially this writing gem, ‘never sacrifice clarity for clever’. Penelope Langton. Soiseang Pine. Karen Morgan for sage legal advice. Kristina Pliner of The Wealth Tutor. Anne Clark of First Step Virtual Assistant. Debra Taylor. Suzi Dafnis. Annetta Lucé. Stephanie Burns. Aminatou Sow. Kara Swisher. Nilofer Merchant.
The women of Oasis who put up with my nonsense and from whom I learned so much.
Angela Merkel. Greta Thunberg. Emma Gonzalez. Hillary Clinton. Michelle Obama. Julia Gillard. Stacy Abrahms. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Malala Yousafzai. Jane Goodall. Rosie Batty.
To the following women, from who I learn so much in helping to unravel my privilege.
Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza, Kimberlé Crenshaw, Brené Brown, Rebecca Traister. Alexis P. Morgan. Layla Saad. Mona Eltahawy. Malak Mattar. Zeina. Israa Thiab. Debbie Kilroy. Kate Manne. Tarana Burke. Roxane Gay. Dr Angela Davis. Nakkah Lui. Ijeoma Oluo.
Laurie Penny. Kelly Diels. Carol Gilligan. Audre Lorde. bell hooks. Jia Tolentino. Tressie McMillan Cottom. Caroline Martin.
Annie Sprinkle. Barbara Carrellas. Chester Mainard. Catherine Carter. Cyndi Darnell. Jo-anne Baker. Hayley Caspers. Gala Vanting. Betty Martin. Stella Topaz.
To my ever-tightening circle of dear, close female friendship.
Vanessa, Debra, Bunny, Jann, Electra, Gisele, Hayley and Briony, Beverley.
To the men who have and continue to champion me.
My father Jack. My brothers Stephen, Michael and Peter. Beloved friends Andre and Graeme, Mat and Lang, Nick C, John P, Rick Gilmore, Ron Tanner and Akash.
And to D. Thank you. I love you. ❤️
To the women of the World, on this journey with me. Thank you x