Patricia McBroom Gives Us a Taste of Female Divinity in the Deep Human Past
Patricia McBroom began her career as a science journalist in the 1960’s and became deeply interested in the subject of human evolution. After a stint at the Philadelphia Inquirer as the first woman journalist in the newsroom, she entered graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania to earn a degree in anthropology. One day while casting about for a thesis topic, she noticed that women had cast off their “feminine” clothing and were showing up at the health club wearing blue suits. So she undertook an ethnography of women on Wall Street, detailing the changes women were undergoing as they took on roles as financial managers, formerly restricted to men. The study was published as a book, under the title, The Third Sex: the New Professional Woman.
With that publication, she began teaching women’s studies, first at Rutgers University and later at Mills college in California where she returned in 1987 after some twenty years on the East Coast.
The election of Trump inspired her next writing project, which focuses on Bronze Age matriarchal society.
As our featured member, this Sunday Patricia Bloom will be reading a short passage from her new manuscript: She Speaks: Female Divinity and Equality in the Deep Human Past. In this work she traces the transformation of the Goddess from an earth and mother figure into a warrior Goddess of the Bronze Age. The story demonstrates that a divine female goes hand-in-hand with gender equality. Says McBloom, “Today, the female half of humanity needs its sacred mirror. The book is also part memoir, with details of what it is like to live inside a story of evolution that is written almost entirely by men, even today.”
To get a taste of Patricia McBloom’s writing check out her five-year project documenting California’s water wars at CaliforniaSpigot.blogspot.com
Sunday Patrica Bloom joins Marty Nemko for our September meeting, but for now, let’s get to know Patricia.
What’s the most important piece of writing advice that you could give to other writers?
“Write because you don’t know what you think until you read what you say.” (a somewhat altered quote from Flannery O’Conner)
What are your writing habits?
I write in the mornings before breakfast and after an hour’s meditation to center myself. In earlier years, I would write for four hours; today it’s more like two hours per day. I usually write whether I feel like it or not; discipline and focus are helped by meditation.