Note from Dana: I’m happy to have as my guest blogger, the talented flower essence artist, Jane Ellen. Her intimacy with Venus through flowers makes her an exquisitely passionate advocate for this campaign.
Prior to the “Women On 20’s” campaign, had you ever noticed that there are no female figures on our paper money?
Since my early twenties, I have longed to see women on our paper money, and have felt painfully aware that they were not represented. When I was introduced to the Women On 20’s Campaign, I was filled with joy and relief to realize that others felt the same!
It was a mere 100 years ago that our female ancestors—our very own great-grandmothers—were not allowed to vote. What brought about the change? Women speaking up! Now, I am a woman who is sincerely inspired to be part of speaking up for this next change. It may seem insignificant, but in my heart, I know it is an essential shift that needs to happen in order to bring greater balance to our world. I am thrilled to know this change will happen in our lifetime, and that we have the privilege of voting for the extraordinary women being considered.
How will it feel for us to pass money through our hands that includes the invaluable place of women in our world—women who have made undeniable contributions to shaping our country and our society—women who have touched countless lives with their vision, their strength of heart, and their service? I know I will feel we’ve made one more essential step toward a more honest existence and for every step in that direction, I am grateful.
When you read the bios of the final four candidates (and I hope you will!), notice which one moves you most? Each one of them touched me deeply, and when I was ready to vote, I chose the woman who inspired me in the most personal way, and I felt great pleasure in casting my vote, followed by a deep, internal bow of respect and gratitude for the lasting impression she has made in my life, and in this world.
Jane Ellen collaborates with Flora in the “Ask Flora” column
and answers a new query here.