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Not Only Our Daughters

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God of Our Mothers and Fathers:

We pray for a world where not only our daughters can go to school but where all daughters can get an education. And we pray for a world where not only our daughters have the right to determine what happens to their bodies but where all daughters have self-determination. We pray for a world where not only our daughters are protected from harassment and violence but where no one’s daughter is subjected to these things. And we pray for a world where not only our daughters are brought up to believe that they can pursue any career they wish but where all daughters are taught to believe this. We pray for a world where not only our daughters can dress according to their standard of what is appropriate but where everyone’s daughter can do so. And we pray for a world where not only our daughters can have the basic freedom to drive a car and travel independently but where these things are recognized as fundamental rights for all human beings. We pray for a world where not only our daughters will be valued for logic more than looks, but where everyone’s daughter will be valued this way. And we pray for a world where not only our daughters but everyone’s daughter will have the right to vote and the chance to serve in public office. We pray for a world where not only our daughters but all daughters will have an equal voice, earn equal pay, and experience equal rights. And we pray that not only our daughters but everyone’s daughter will be treated with dignity, civility, and respect. May this be our blessing, their blessing, and everyone’s blessing. As men and women together let us say:

Amen.

 

—Rabbi Wirschafter

This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

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A Prayer for Women Leaders Around the World

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Praise to you, women leaders of the seven continents,
for your many works of justice.
Praise to you, women leaders of Asia,
for confronting trafficking of women.
Praise to you, women leaders of Africa,
for raising your voices to stop AIDS.
Praise to you, women leaders of Europe,
for your peacekeeping. Praise to you, women leaders of North America,
for confronting economic inequities and racism.
Praise to you, women leaders of South America,
for struggling against US domination of your land.
Praise to you, women leaders in Antarctica,
for your scientific research.
Praise to you, women leaders of Australia,
for supporting indigenous cultures.

—Diann Neu

This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

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O Mother of the World

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Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known that
anyone who fled to your protection,
implored your help,
or sought your intercession,
was left unaided.

Inspired with this confidence,
I fly unto you,
O Virgin of virgins,
my Mother.
To you do I come, before you I stand,
sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
despise not my petitions,
but in your mercy,
hear and answer me.
Amen

—Memorare, Roman Catholic Prayer

This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

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Women Can Do Anything

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Men never fail to dwell on maternity as a disqualification for the possession of many civil and political rights. Suggest the idea of women having a voice in making laws and administering the government in the halls of legislation, in Congress, or [in] the British Parliament, and men will declaim at once on the disabilities of maternity in a sneering contemptuous way, as if the office of motherhood was undignified and did not comport with the highest public offices in church and state. It is vain that we point them to Queen Victoria, who has carefully reared a large family, while considering and signing [laws]…

—Elizabeth Cady Stanton

This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

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A Prayer for Women’s Equality

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By a woman and a tree the world first perished;
I wish, O Son of the living God,
eternal, ancient King,
for reconciliation between the sexes
that I might answer your calling.
I pray, O Son of the living God, eternal, ancient King,
for—
I wish—
that—
Mother, Child,
Goose of the Wild,
Keep me from despair,
Hear my prayer.
I pray, O Child of the living God, eternal, ancient Queen,
for compassion in men’s hearts
that they could view women as clean.
I strive, O Child of the living God, eternal, ancient Queen,
For a new paradigm, not princess or b*tch,
that views women as strong and not mean.
I hope, O Child of the living God, eternal, ancient Queen,
for society to know women have worth

after their children are weaned,
or at least after the age of eighteen.
I long, O Child of the living God, eternal, ancient Queen,
for rest within the body that is me,
that I may be serene.

—Kate Rae Davis

This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

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My Wish For You

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Whatever you choose, however many roads you travel, I hope that
you choose not to be a lady. I hope you will find some way to break
the rules and make a little trouble out there. And I also hope that

you will choose to make some of that trouble on behalf of women.

—Nora Ephron

This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

 

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When You Need Help, Turn To Her

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O, most beautiful flower of Mount Carmel,
Fruit of the Vine, splendorous of Heaven,
Blessed Mother of the Son of God,
Immaculate Virgin,
assist me in this my necessity.
O Star of the Sea, help me
and show herein you are my mother.
O Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth,
I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart
to succor me in my necessity.
There are none that can withstand your power,
O show me here you are my mother.
O Mary, conceived without sin,
pray for us who have recourse to Thee.
Sweet Mother, I place this cause in your hands.

Amen.

—Catholic Liturgy

This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

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For All Women through the Ages

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Spirit of the realm, God of many names, and one transforming and abundant love, we turn this month in our nation’s life to reflect on the stories, the heritage, and the struggles of women throughout the ages. We seek to learn from all those voices that have been left unheard. May we pause before the silences of the ages, find who has been left out, and craft new ways of inclusion for every week and every month. May this spiritual practice bring out the voices of all those struggling, all those left apart. May we let go of our assumptions and cold comforts [and] of what is the normal to live by, unless it be a standard that is rooted in compassion, in inclusivity, in diversity. May this month of reflection teach us to search for those stories that are different from our own. Mother of possibility, in the finding, may we come to know ourselves changed. Renewed where we are dry, hopeful where we are lost, and open where we are shut.

—Reverend Jude Geiger

This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

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What the World Needs Now: Quotes About Self Love

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“Be yourself and others will love you!”—Gina Rodriguez

“Do not compare yourself to others. You have a unique destiny and mission that only you can accomplish.”—Marianne Pearl

“You don’t have to be anything but yourself to be worthy .”—Tarana Burke

“You know, you do need mentors, but in the end, you really just need to believe in yourself.” — Diana Ross

“When we step up for ourselves, we create opportunity.”  —Kerry Washington

“Every day is a great day to feel good about yourself. Feeling good makes you look good — that’s my motto.” —Katie Meade

“Self-pity is our worst enemy, and if we yield to it, we can never do anything wise in the world.”   —Helen Keller

“You can’t eat beauty, it doesn’t sustain you. What is fundamentally beautiful is compassion for yourself and those around you. That kind of beauty inflames the heart and enchants the soul.”  —Lupita Nyong’o

This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.