“The Female Effect” is based on research that studied the development of emerging economies in remote regions around the world. What this research found was that women and girls in society also act as an accelerant for economic growth. The findings suggest that women often carry their communities by supporting their children’s education, providing income for their families, and even acting as the first access point to healthcare, due to limited medical facilities. By building a cross-cutting theme into the Resiliency Hub that promotes women and girls, “the entire community will rise as she rises.” 

“Bring women back into the center of society to restore a healthy balance”
– Sherri Mitchell Weh’na Ha’mu Kwasset  

As an advocate for the concept of climate matriarchy, Mitchell explained: ‘those who have framed the societies we live in have not been the givers of life. Those who are the ‘most stringent protectors of life’ have been removed from the discussion.’

Because these mothering voices are not allowed to “speak on behalf of life, societies have been created to destroy life — and so we see this energy moving through that is built on destruction.’” 

Booth A.L. (2003) We are the Land: Native American Views of Nature. In: Selin H. (eds) Nature Across Cultures. Science Across Cultures: The History of Non-Western Science, vol 4. Springer, Dordrecht. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-0149-5_17