The latest news is all about women meeting challenges. Michelle Payne became the first woman to win the Melbourne Cup, saying :“Everyone else can get stuffed [who] think women aren’t good enough”. A week later Kerryn Manning became the first woman in its 111 year history to win the N.Z. Trotting Cup.
Opposition women MP’s walked out of Parliament in protest at the N Z Prime Minister’s suggestion they were backing rapists. This action was picked up by media worldwide, including being the lead story on BBC’s Friday Woman’s Hour.
Amongst all this we learned that Sofia (and its variations) is now the most popular name for babies. In the Gnostic tradition Sophia/wisdom represented God’s female soul, the source of his power. She was somtimes referred to as Christ’s mother, or his spouse. More recently her name has been given to the Holy Ghost, the feminine aspect of the Christian God. Perhaps the popularity of this name means her time is coming?
“Outstanding women all around
are planting seeds in fertile ground.”