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How to Smash the Patriarchy and Make the Matriarchy: The Power and Promise of Prioritizing Women by Maureen Devine-Ahl.

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“What will it take to achieve gender equality in our lifetime?”  This is the question that kicks off a curious and winding learning journey in How to Make the Matriarchy: The Power and Promise of Prioritizing Women. It's a challenging question posed to the reader… and one without a simple answer (aka you can't just ‘Smash the Patriarchy'!)

Maureen Devine-Ahl's debut doesn't aim to be the singular message on gender and feminist perspectives instead offering a journey through the eyes of a woman who is living through it.  Devine-Ahl explores inspiring stories, cautionary tales, and takeaway lessons from around the world on what it will take to build a more gender-balanced future, and, in doing so, quickly learns that empowering women empowers humanity.

The book is structured around four key areas of influence for women across the globe and it is written as a first-person narrative making it feel right for anyone looking to learn with the author rather than be told a particular perspective or approach to follow. Make the Matriarchy will serve as a valuable source of wisdom, wit, and enlightenment for anyone curious about how we break through the remaining barriers to equality, and build a better society for us all.

And not only does Devine-Ahl highlight the power and potential of building an inclusive society with women at the helm, she also provides ways in which all of us can support this endeavor in our every day lives. Make the Matriarchy is more than a rallying cry, it is a hymn of hope.

The book is a culmination of Devine-Ahl's ambition as a woman out to change the world. Having spent nearly two decades working with changemakers in the non-profit and social sectors, she has witnessed what courageous, resourceful, and committed women working together can achieve. An energetic leader, speaker, advisor, and coach, she is the Founder and Principal of Candor & Company, partnering with clients to inspire transformative leadership that affects dramatic social change.

Shares Candice Bennett about the book, “A well-written book that can be consumed in little bits or in one fell swoop (like me). Whether you have been following and working in gender equality/inequality issues your entire life or just now thinking things aren’t right…or even more, you think things are ok and women have achieved equality, Devine-Ahl’s book has something for you. She brings excruciating facts to the table that can’t be unread. She shares insights from academics who have studied these issues for years. She offers ideas on what has worked in other parts of the world to advance gender equality. This book is a conversation starter and would be a great resource for any group, organization or book club that is willing to explore what remains a very uncomfortable topic.”

And we agree that Devine-Ahl offers a conversation starter that doesn't push a specific agenda — yes there's an agenda — but it's never intended to offer a singular way to get there.  Instead it's a rallying cry around a topic we too often dismiss. 

About the Author

Maureen Devine-Ahl is a woman out to change the world. Having spent nearly two decades working with changemakers in the non-profit and social sectors, she has witnessed what courageous, resourceful, and committed women working together can achieve. An energetic leader, speaker, advisor, and coach, she is the Founder and Principal of Candor & Company, partnering with clients to inspire transformative leadership that affects dramatic social change. Find her on Instagram @makethematriarchy or www.candorandcompany.com.

Written by BetterAuds Team