Inspire daughters with hope . . .

Put the Blame on Eve
What Women Must Overcome to Feel Worthy
by Melinda J. Rising
Women's Studies / Spirituality


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Put the Blame on Eve
follows the roots of women’s

struggle for equal pay, equal status, and equal

respect back to that fateful, eye-opening day—when

Eve met a Serpent by a Tree, and shared an Apple

with Adam instead of enjoying it without him.

How did  Eve (and then all women) become a

scapegoat for “The Fall of Man”? What “spin” on

this story made women seem to deserve being

held down or back, to be suspected—and often

even suspect themselves—of devious intents or

deeds? Who fashioned such spin, and how? And

why did we ever buy into it?

Melinda Rising’s research into the gnarled roots

of sexism and misogyny in our culture—from the

Book of Genesis through early Church history,

the Crusades, heretic hunting, the Inquisitions,

witch hunts, and on into our own century—is

startling, inspiring, and ultimately healing.

Understanding this story, and seeing what still

haunts contemporary women, may be an essential

key for progress toward real gender equity in our 

time. (Click on "Advance Praise" in Excerpts and

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Advance Praise

“Lin Rising’s trailblazing, no-stone-unturned

investigation of the history and mythos of the

archetypal ‘curse of Eve’ from the book of

Genesis through to our own 21st century . . .

is a ‘must-read’ for all who envision the

ultimate ‘Grail’ of all—a more equitable and

just society for men and women today.


   —Karen Ralls, PhD, Oxford, UK, author of

The Templars and the Grail, and the Knights

Templar Encyclopedia

“In Put the Blame on Eve, Melinda Rising has

gifted contemporary women (and men) with a

much needed handbook of accurate information

about women’s historic struggles to rise above

the prevailing negative spin of their inheritance

as daughters of Eve. She casts light on darker

periods of women in world history and Church

history, the Crusades, heretic hunting, the

Inquisition, and the New World’s witch-hunts,

among other dark parts of the backstory . . .

and provides a balanced assessment of the

history of women. This is a must-read book

for writers, public speakers, legislators, and

parents wanting to inform and inspire their

daughters with hope that we can learn from

the mistakes of the past as we work to build

a future freed from ancient myths and modern

legends about women's alleged inferiority to

their brothers, husbands, and co-workers. . . .

a book for discerning women and their

partners as they thread their way through

the cultural minefields of sexist language,

negative influences of popular culture and

sexual politics, and the deceptive camouflage

of feel-good slogans designed to convey false

hope. This is a very good read, the story of

Everywoman's struggle for equality, with the

essential, added value of hope."

   —Dr. Kathleen McGrory, President Emerita of

Hartford College for Women, former Executive

Director of the Society for Values in Higher

Education at Georgetown University, Dean of

Arts and Sciences and Academic VP in the

Connecticut State University System


About the author

Melinda J. Rising

Melinda J. Rising
has served as Women’s Issues

Chair for the AAUW’s Connecticut chapter, as a

commissioner for the New England Association of

Schools and Colleges, and as an academic dean

and dean of continuing education for a variety of

public and private institutions in Connecticut. She

also has a twenty-five year affiliation with the Miss

America organization, including years of service as

co-executive director and president of its Connecticut

chapter. She lives in Wallingford, Connecticut.

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