The Power of She brings female deities from around the world into the limelight, focusing as much as possible on those that are lesser known in regions around the world.
Girl and women (female) gods have been around since the beginning of spiritual belief. ‘She’ manifests in many forms with many intentions and purposes. Often ‘She’ is associated with creation, and thus is very powerful.
It may come as a surprise to many that ‘She’ is older with a longer continuity of importance than many male gods. These ancient stories help us to understand the value of females in narratives and social structures. Read on to find out more about all the varieties of She in world mythology.
Where is She from?
Want to know where these female deities come from? Or find ones in or near your country?
Check out our map documenting the locations of the goddesses and female deities in this series (at right). While viewing, think about the following questions:
- Where are female deities concentrated? Does every region have them?
- What makes deities from one region similar or different to another? For example, compare deities from Asia to those from the Americas. How are they similar or different?
- Which deities are new to you? Did their roles surprise you?
Epicenters of Female Power:
Norse, Egyptian, and Greek Mythology
When we look at female deities of particular cultures, what do we learn?
What does their power tell us about the status of girls and women in the societies that worshiped them?
Join Tiffany Rhoades and Devon Allen in four episodes of our GirlSpeak podcast series to discover the answers. They take us on journeys through Norse, Egyptian, and Greek mythology to uncover the most powerful female deities and what their stories tell us about the status of girls and women.
To listen, click the play arrow on the podcast. If you would like to download the audio to your preferred podcast player, please visit our podcast site and click the “Listen in Your Favorite App” button.
Use the arrows to scroll through the entries. Click the ‘Read More’ button on those about which you would like to learn.
Want to use Power of She in the classroom? Click the button below to download our Education Guide for this exhibit, aligned with US and UK curriculum standards.
What do you think?
Who is your favorite deity? What makes her special?
What deities are not included that should be?
What do these female deities tell us about girls and girlhood?
Share your answers using the comments below to help start a discussion on how girls can reclaim their divine heritage!
Junior Girl Devon Allen documented the history and mythologies of female deities from around the world. These deities are shown in the map above and were featured in Devon’s long-running column, ‘Mythological Girls.’
Exhibition design by Tiffany Rhoades.
Exhibition banner and button were created by Devon Allen and Tiffany Rhoades. All other images were sourced from their identified credit lines, some of which may be held under copyright.