What is a Renaissance Woman (Womxn)?
My favourite definition of “renaissance woman” is from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary: “a woman who is interested in and knows a lot about many things”.
The word renaissance is of Latin and French origins and literally means re-birth. It is most commonly associated with the Renaissance period of European history (14th to 17th century). During that time, there was a political and economic ‘rebirth’ following the Middle Ages. This era promoted the rediscovery of classical philosophy, literature, and art within European spaces that launched the age of exploration, colonization and global cultural upheaval within the dominance of cisgendered men.
In Renaissance Italy the ideal of a “renaissance man” or “universal man” emerged. The idea being that man was “the centre of the universe, limitless in his capacities for development” (Encyclopedia Britannica). Over the years, the term ‘renaissance woman’ was added and the two came to mean that a person possessed many talents or areas of knowledge.
Today, I feel that it’s time for another rebirth: a new Renaissance Womxnhood. One that includes all womxn, both within and outside the gender binary, and champions their multi-passionate and multi-knowledgeable natures. In my opinion, being a modern Renaissance Womxn is about encouraging kindness, creativity, and personal-development.
We are woman-identified and non-binary people who are interested in and know a lot about many things. We are Renaissance Womxn.
One of the core values of Renaissance Womanhood is kindness: to be kind, compassionate, considerate, nurturing and caring towards thyself and others. This value drives my commitment to the pursuit of respectful spaces both on and offline.
With that in mind, Renaissance Womanhood recognizes the infinite spectrum of womxnhood including all members within and beyond the 2SLGBTQI+ communities. Any person who connects with the umbrella of womxnhood is welcome, and I am dedicated to learning and unlearning my ongoing cultural biases. One of my foremost questions is how do we hold safe spaces, so if you have feedback, please do not hesitate to reach out!
To uphold these core values, conduct that is meant to undermine the dignity or self-esteem of an individual, or which creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment will not be tolerated. Please, be kind.
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How can I get involved with Renaissance Womanhood?
I’m so happy that you’re excited about Renaissance Womanhood! There are a few ways you can get involved. You can:
- Comment on blog posts and social media, because that way I know what you like and can create more content like it.
- If you’re in Toronto, come to an event. I’d love to have you!
- Post your own content on Instagram and tag @renaissancewomanhood. I may feature it on our Instagram Page!
I’ll have plenty more ways to get involved in the future, so stay tuned!
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