Inspire daughters with hope . . .
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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“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
“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 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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