Why is this book important?
HIDDEN WOMEN challenges old notions about women in history. Through scientific advancements and the greater involvement of women, particularly in the field of archeology, it is becoming ever clearer that women played a greater and more natural role in society 2500 years ago. The book addresses the roots of sex discrimination and ways to restore equilibrium.
Why did you write this book?
This is part of my on-going quest to understand the Europe of our ancestors and why they left. I’ve approached this from many angles of experience and education. As a scholar of early French, German and Slovenian literature, I learned to question historical accounts, and as a lawyer, I weigh evidence and test credibility.
I’m highly motivated to understand patterns and practices of oppression because my own family repeatedly has been subjected to divisionary tactics. In Europe they were cut off from each other by language, ethnicity and nationality within one generation without ever leaving home – and that’s just one instance. These incidents do not just happen by chance, and it’s nothing new.
Also, I have had the advantage of European friends and relatives who have shared a wealth of knowledge, from Paris parks to Slovenian hot springs. Some facility in French, German and Slovenian languages has helped too, but it may be equally important physically to see places our ancestors have seen and appreciate how locations fit together. Talking to archaeologists on site in Germany, Luxembourg and Slovenia, visiting new museums like the Coudenberg in Brussels, Bibrachte and Glauberg, seeing the advancements in imaging at the site of the Roman siege at Alesia, finding books locally about Iron Age settlements and the ancient Celtic language – such on-site observations and interactions have proven invaluable.
Mere words can’t do justice to the beauty of the worlds that our pre-Christian forbearers created and preserved. In that regard, working with photographs in my other books has helped me to present the optic evidence in HIDDEN WOMEN.
Celts in Europe? Weren’t they in Ireland?
Celts are in Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England but they were all over Europe too. Finds from the Iron Age demonstrate the vast territories inhabited by Celtic people because they carried the technology of making iron and steel across Europe: Austria, Switzerland, Hungary, Slovenia, France, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Germany and Turkey.
Sexism has become so ingrained that it seems normal, but it was not always this way. It doesn’t have to be this way now either.
Discrimination against women must no longer be tolerated, even in longstanding institutions. Religions have been allowed to operate outside the law. Sexist institutions thrive because they are, in effect, subsidized by all of us and paid to keep women down. Unless we hold religions accountable under discrimination laws, this problem will not be corrected. Specifically:
• Tax-exempt status for organizations must be available only to entities that do not discriminate against women and must be revoked from those that discriminate now.
• Those who discriminate on the basis of sex must not be allowed to hold public office.
• Sexual harassment, domestic violence and income inequality must be eliminated from a free, democratic society where over half the population is female.
• Religious institutions must not be allowed to take over iconic properties of great natural beauty and historic significance, and then exclude women.
True liberty requires freedom from religion too. These are human issues that directly affect the entire population, especially the children.
Resisting injustice and oppression requires banding together. For strength and efficiency, we need to stand as one. With constant vigilance, we must defend our freedoms with the vigor of ancestral warriors, male and female.