Find Your Power with Max Dashu

Max Dashu is one of women’s history’s unsung heroes and someone every woman, and man actually, should know about.  For almost 40 years, Max has collected thousands of images that document the history of women and their achievements that rarely makes it into history books.  She has created 100 slide presentations that show powerful women as shamans, civic leaders, priestesses, rebels, artists, and so much more.  And these aren’t just extraordinary women, but also everyday women following in the footsteps of their mothers and grandmothers as their community’s healers, spiritual prophets, creators, lawgivers, and leaders in every way.  Other of her programs show how women and men all over the world and throughout time have worshipped the Divine in the form of a woman.   Finally, her work demonstrates how sexism, racism, and other injustices have robbed us of an important part of our legacy as human beings.  

Max’s programs are unique, not only because much of the information is not available elsewhere, but also because of her courage and determination in following the story wherever it leads her in time and place.  She shows that we, as women and people, have so much more in common with our ancestors and women on other continents than we knew.  Iconography, practices, ideas, and stories flow from one culture and time to another in her programs, binding us together with women from the most ancient past and distant places.

As if this were not enough, Max is also an artist whose work breathes life into the history through her own vision.  Her paintings include goddesses, spiritual leaders, spiritual concepts and more.  They are vibrant and beautiful and powerful.

Now, even if you aren’t able to go to one of her presentations, you can see one of her most popular programs on DVD.  “Woman’s Power in Global Perspective” is an 86-minute rendering on film of her slideshow that starts with the monuments of female dieties, ancestors, and other beings that ancient people raised all over the world; continues with both notable and everyday women who have been shamans and other spiritual leaders, warriors, queens, and liberators, healers, artists, musicians and poets, scholars and philosophers, athletes, and more; and ends with activists who have furthered and continue to promote a better future for us all.  You can see clips from the video, read the transcript, find a study guide, and order the DVD from Max’s Suppressed History Archives .  There you may also read articles she has written, find more about her other programs, and more.  You can see and learn more about her art here.  You’ll discover things about your heritage as a woman that you never knew. 

                                                                              ~ Carolyn Lee Boyd

By Carolyn Lee Boyd

Carolyn Lee Boyd’s essays, short stories, memoirs, reviews, and poetry have been published in a variety of print magazines, internet sites, and book anthologies. Her writing explores goddess-centered spirituality in everyday life and how we can all better live in local and global community. In fact, she is currently writing a book on what ancient and contemporary cultures have to tell us about living in community in the 21st century. She would love for you to visit her at her website,, where you can find her writings and music and some of her free e-books to download.


  1. Hi, Goddess!! 🙂

    I hadn’t ever heard of this wonderful woman – that you for your recommendation!

    Hope everything is flowing smoothly for you, and in the direction of your desires!

    You will be amazed and have fun exploring her site and her work. I have been to a number of her presentations and she is always so enlightening.

    I’m doing fine – thank you! And I hope your life is moving joyfully for you also!

  2. This sounds amazing – definitely plan to check it out. I started reading Women Who Run finally (it just became time apparently!), and I find that it, too, speaks of this connection between women across cultures. Wonderful!

    You will very much enjoy “Women Who Run”! I love finding that we are all part of one web!

  3. Can it really be this simple? Can we really uncover reservoirs of our own power just by doing those things we aren’t supposed to?

    YES!!! At least that is what I believe…

    I think it is probably a lifelong process, but every step helps us along the way. Thank you for your comment!

  4. Max is celebrating her 40th anniversary this month:

    Saturday, March 20, 7:30 p.m. at the Redwood Gardens Community Room, 2951 Derby Street, Berkeley 94705. $10 to $20 sliding scale donation. Wheelchair access and Max’s dvd, prints, tee shirts, etc., are for sale.

    She has amazing short videos on her website. Check them out for International Women’s Day inspiration! Here is the link:

    Max is also doing some online classes. Here is the link for that:

    I just announced Max’s anniversary on my blog and yours blog came up on my screen, so I thought I would give you an update on her work.

    Bee well, Alethia at GreenWomynTrade

    Thanks for the information, and congratulations to Max on her 40th anniversary!

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