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GODDESS Movement Icons Riane Eisler

Updated: Aug 16, 2023

Author, Sociologist, System, Cultural Historian, Lawyer, speaker, political consultant

Dr. Riane Eislers body of work spans over 35 years and helps build and develop world views that could shape and change our future for the better.

Dr. Eisler pioneered the expansion of human rights theory and action to include the majority of humanity: women and children. Her research provides a new perspective on our past, present, and possibilities for the future, including a new social and political agenda for building a more humane and environmentally sustainable world.

Honorary life

Riane Eisler's research has resonated across numerous disciplines and around the world.

She is the only woman among 20 major thinkers including Hegel, Adam Smith and Marx in recognition of the lasting importance of her work as a cultural historian and evolutionary theorist. She has received many honors and was mentioned in the award-winning book Great Peacemakers as one of twenty leaders for world peace, along with Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa, and Martin Luther King.

'Her way is the caring way'

Dr. Eisler proposes a new economic approach that gives visibility and value to human care work for people and the environment.

The Caring Economy Campaign is a project of the Centre for Partnership Studies that focuses on building a partnership system in which the economic benefits of care work for people and nature can also be captured in numbers.

The Chalice and the Blade

Eisler's many books include the international bestseller The Chalice and the Blade, described by anthropologist Ashley Montagu as "the most important book since Darwin's Origin of Species". The book has seen countless reprints and has been translated into 30 languages.

Eisler presents evidence how for the longest span of prehistory, cultures in the more fertile regions of the globe oriented towards egalitarian partnership - peaceful, and matrifocal cultures with a focus on life-giving, centering on nurture.

Partnership System

Eisler proposes new social science paradigms that transcend the boundaries of conventional social juxtapositions and divisions such as religious vs. secular, right vs. left, capitalist vs. communist, and so on.

To this end, she has developed the partnership system, which she presents at lectures worldwide and acts as an advisor to companies and authorities on this. Her book Nurturing Our Humanity: How Domination and Partnership Shape Our Brains, Lives, and Future shows how to construct a more equitable, sustainable, and less violent world based on Partnership Systems rather than Domination Systems.


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