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The Future of Women

Explore a radical new feminism founded on the evolution of consciousness beyond gender

Believe it or not, the women’s movement has always been deeply spiritual in nature. Coming from a secular context, the 20th century feminists simply called it “consciousness raising.” Today, forty years since the last great wave in women’s liberation, isn’t it time to move forward again? What’s the next step for women? And where are the women who will continue the work of women’s evolution and propel human society forward?

WIE Features invites you to become part of the emergence of this new women’s liberation—one deeply grounded in an evolutionary spirituality. Here, you can experience the spiritual wisdom of contemporary women mystics and explore with scholars, scientists, activists, and anthropologists the bold vistas this new feminism holds for women—and men—everywhere.

  • Discover the wisdom of contemporary women mystics
  • Find out how women scientists, activists, writers, and social visionaries are redefining what it means to be female
  • Be part of a revolutionary spiritual movement to create a new women’s liberation

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What Is Enlightenment? is an evocative and soul-charging magazine that gives the reader news of the universe within. Dr. Jean Houston
Author of A Passion for the Possible
and A Mythic Life

Where Are The Women?

Elizabeth Debold asks what happened to the passion for change that fueled the feminist revolution fifty years ago? She boldly calls women to once again aspire to transform the status quo and create a new women’s liberation movement.

Where Are the Women?

Elizabeth Debold

Noting the surprising absence of women at the leading edge of cultural change, Debold asks what happened to the revolution that women started in the last half of the 20th century—and calls women to once again aspire to transform the status quo.


Toward a New Women's Liberation

Elizabeth Debold

In her second article on the absence of women at the leading edge of cultural change, this pioneering gender researcher calls for an evolutionary elite to continue the work of women's liberation.

Hear the Women . . .

Read these thoughtful and passionate exchanges between readers of the Where Are the Women? series and author Elizabeth Debold.
To have your own response considered for web publication, send us an email

Rima Bonario, Susan Lieberman, Judith O’Connor, Laurel Ross, and Cindy Wigglesworth
Integral Women Are Everywhere!, February 2006

Spiritual Liberation Beyond Gender: The Quest for True Equality

We are often told that the opposites within us must unite, that the male and the female must come together and merge as one. WIE founder and teacher of Evolutionary Enlightenment Andrew Cohen takes up this revolutionary endeavor, calling for a profoundly positive shift in human culture—for men and women alike to go beyond all differences.

Liberation Without a Face

Andrew Cohen

A feminist activist and author interviews her male spiritual teacher about why women's liberation and spiritual liberation have nothing to do with each other.


Liberation Without a Face is Total Revolution

Andrew Cohen

An essay on liberation beyond gender.

Different Voices, Women’s Voices

From all corners of the globe and within the fields of science, activism, religion, and psychology, women are creating new ways to look at—and change—the world.

No Man's Land

Mary Daly

“I don't think about men. I really don't care about them. I'm concerned with women's capacities.” A former Christian theologian and one of the most original and radical feminist thinkers of our time dismisses any attempt to include men in a discussion of gender and spirituality.

The Back of the Synagogue Is Not the Back of the Bus

Tamar Frankiel

Could it be that a patriarchal religion actually gives women more strength and confidence than the feminist movement? A discussion with two outspoken contemporary Orthodox Jewish women.

Taming Patriarchy

Marion Woodman

One of the world's foremost Jungian analysts explains why a mysterious feminine figure appearing in the dreams of contemporary men and women may hold the key to our planet's very survival.

Daughter of the Goddess

Z. Budapest

An interview with a founder of the feminist spirituality movement.

Dancing on the Edge

Elizabeth Debold

A feminist speaks candidly about women and liberation.

Women Who Sleep with Their Gurus ... and Why They Love It

Jessica Roemischer

There's a lot more to guru sex scandals than innocent victims fallen prey to unscrupulous teachers. Whether they're after wealth, security, social status, or enlightenment, women love men at the top, and they have for four million years.

Sex, Immortality, and the Future of Women

Barbara Marx Hubbard

Could sex be the key to a miraculous new stage in women's development? The grand dame of “the conscious evolution” movement reveals that pleasure and procreation are nothing compared to the real potential inherent in human beings' favorite pastime.

Enlightened Women

From all corners of the globe and in every field of study, including science, activism, religion, and others, the most formative work being done to promote and progress women’s development is being done by women themselves.

Awakening to Total Revolution: Enlightenment and the World Crisis

Vimala Thakar

“Spirituality is the seed, and social action is the fruit born of it,” writes Indian spiritual master and social activist Vimala Thakar in a compelling essay exploring the true meaning of wholeness.


The Challenge of Emptiness

Vimala Thakar


Set Them on Fire!

Vimala Thakar

Don't Ask Why--Just Do Something!

Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati

“I have such passion about what could be done!” A fiery Brooklyn-born guru and AIDS activist speaks out on suffering, detachment, and what it means to truly care.

Enlightenment Is the Easiest Way in the World to Live

Cheri Huber

When You Go Beyond the Ego You Become an Offering to the World

Mata Amritanandamayi

Known around the world as a radiant embodiment of unconditional love, Ammachi literally hugs everyone who comes to see her. But her disciples also know her to be a fierce and demanding guru. This captivating interview with one of India's greatest contemporary saints asks: What is compassion in the face of the ego?

What Is the Relationship Between Emptiness and Beautiful Nails?

Jetsunma Ahkön Lhamo

Jetsunma Ahkön Lhamo—the first Western woman to be recognized as a reincarnated Tibetan tulku—speaks candidly about gender and enlightenment, her relationship with her students and being a female teacher in a male-dominated tradition.