I support the Long Now Foundation. It wants to shift our fast paced, fast thinking culture toward long term thinking. Among their many projects they are assembling the 3,500 books most essential for sustaining or rebuilding humanity.
Its co-founder Stewart Brand (also founder of the Whole Earth Catalogue) contributed 76 books to the list. All but one are authored by men. Hmmm something wrong here.
It got me thinking about the women authors who should be on the list. They include in no particular order:
- Simone Weill – The Need for Roots
- Margaret Atwood – The MaddAddam trilogy
- Eva Kittay – Love’s Labour: Essays on Women, Equality and Dependency
- Marian Tompson – The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding
- Angeles Arrien – The Four-Fold Way
- Jane Austen – Pride and Prejudice
- Starhawk – Truth or Dare
- Ursula Franklin – The Real World of Technology
- Naomi Klein – No Logo
- Aung San Suu Kyi – The Voice of Hope
- Vandana Shiva – Monocultures of the Mind
- Jane Jacobs – The Death and Life of Great American Cities
- Francis Westley, Brenda Zimmerman, Michael Quinn Patton – Getting to Maybe
- Mary Wollstonecraft – A Vindication of the Rights of Women
- Maria Montessori – The Discovery of the Child
- Jane Goodall – In the Shadow of Man
- Hannah Arendt – The Human Condition
- Simone de Beauvoir – The Second Sex
- Margaret Somerville – The Ethical Canary: Science, Society and the Human Spirit
- Hilary Mantel –Wolf Hall
- Margaret MacMillan – Paris 1919
- Marion Woodman- The Ravaged Bridegroom : Masculinity in Women
- Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz – Sor Juana Anthology
- Karen Armstrong – The Spiral Staircase
- Doris Lessing – The Golden Notebook
I’m just getting started here. I’ve left out Marie Currie, Adelaide Hoodless, Barb Goode, Saint Marie-Marguerite D’Youville, Mary Oliver, Martha Nussbaum and so many more.
Who would you add?
Sustaining and rebuilding humanity requires another mind shift – one that leaves much more room for women thinkers and doers. An exclusive reliance on guys isn’t working all that well, given our elusive social, economic and environmental challenges.
NOTE: Some of you may have noticed I haven’t been blogging for the past year. I’ve spent a lot of that time drafting a book. To my surprise three books emerged. I’m polishing the first one. Once it’s ready I’m itching to start blogging again.