I absolutely love the idea and the art behind the Permacuture Playing cards, advertised in the recent permies email; however I am truly disappointed to see only one woman featured and just hope that thought goes into featuring more women in future projects because even in these small ways is how women in history get erased, forgotten, and unappreciated..
Please suggest 12 women for the cards. Keep in mind that one of the key things for the cards is not political. The people in the cards are famous for inventing something or leading a field of permaculture into great acceptance.
Paul, thank you for response. I understand not wanting to get into the political, although I would suggest that featuring women shouldn't be considered political. I shall work on a list of women in permaculture to suggest. Until then, I shall just quote Karryn Olson-Ramanujan from the “Permaculture Activist” magazine: "Though women receive the majority of all college degrees in the U.S., and are well represented in the work force, they are very under-represented in positions of high-level leadership. Most of the women I’ve encountered in permaculture note analogous patterns: often, women constitute 50% or more of the participants in PDCs, yet occupy disproportionately few of the positions of leadership and prominence in lucrative roles, such as designers, teachers, authors, speakers, or “'permaculture superstars.'" thus despite a lot of beautiful work of women within permaculture, it can be difficult to pinpoint "leaders."
Permaculture and activism go hand in hand within our current world and trying to bring permaculture to light, so it's important not to completely separate them as ideas.. But anyway, here's a list I've come up with:
Robin Wall Kimmerer
Penny Livingston Stark
Dr. Elaine Ingham Pandora Thomas
But quite a few are definitely activists as well as outstanding permaculturists and there are a couple that do important work in permaculture but aren't necessarily working with plants. I don't expect undoing the beautiful work done on the cards, just to consider the impacts and reasons behind featuring who you did and why those featured might be considered "leaders" as opposed to people on this list. Thanks for reading and considering.
Of course, the cards project was completed six years ago. Perhaps it is a good time for a new set of cards?
With the previous set of cards, I strongly encouraged others to to create their own vision with the cards. When one ended up doing nothing, I would encourage another. After a few rounds of this I took on the project.
So, I think it would be great if you took on the new cards project - so you can see them completed the way that you think is best. Perhaps you would add Vandana Shiva to the list.