The Greek Woman through the centuries and the true status of Women
Article by the MP of the 'Popular Association - Golden Dawn' Helen Zaroulias in the newspaper “Golden Dawn”
The mentors of capitalist development have managed to alter the role of women in the western national societies since the Industrial Revolution. A revolution inside which the feminist movement hatched and developed. Women became the objects of emancipation through the right to work. Someone may ask, what's wrong with this. The problem in making women demand the right to work is that the leaders of this movement wanted to take the woman out of her natural role, which was the upbringing of the children, and to exploit her on the altar of profit as a cheap labor force. It was a useful and advantageous move for the all-powerful capitalist interests, while at the same time the Marxist ideological manifestos pushed women towards their supposed freedom through work, inviting them to throw away the "marital yoke" by promoting rights that turned them away from their traditional role in the society, making them seek new ways of emancipation. It was, therefore, Capitalism and Marxism that dealt a serious blow to the role that nature gave to women. This blow had a harmful effect on the main institution that supports the National State, the family.
The role of the mother in the traditional societies was to be the guardian of the proper upbringing of children. The upbringing was without time pressure in the family home in accordance with the ideals, traditions and moral values of the nation and the people's community.
THE GREEK WOMEN IN ANTIQUITY
If we make a review of the history of our nation, we’ll see that the Greek mother of antiquity was the one that forged the childhood souls until their 7th year, when the physical trainer undertook their education in Athens, or the state itself in Sparta, while a similar situation occurred in the other cities - states of the ancient Greek world.
The Greek mother was caring not only about the physical development and health, but also about the intellectual development of the most sensitive age of the children, giving them social and emotional intelligence and forming their characters, enabling them to carry out their role in the state they would serve in the future.
The position of the Greek mother was prominent throughout the ancient world and this is demonstrated by the fact that the ancient Greeks revered women – mothers, who held a high position in the families, constituting their foundation. At the same time, the family institutions supported the state and were the basis of the city – state.
How important was the role of the woman can be illustrated by the fact that the female figures inspired many artists who left exquisite works of art, while her role was really highlighted when she was giving her blessing, advice, or mental consent, to the soldiers in the critical moments of the State.
We should also emphasize that the ancient Greeks were far from illiterate, unlike what is implied by the servile propaganda of many modern historians. On the contrary, they used to live with dignity and respect, as wives and mothers, studying not only how to read and write, but also lyric and epic poetry, until their 12th year of age.
Another historical event, not greatly known, about the prominent role of women in antiquity is their participation in religious ceremonies as priestesses, High Priestesses, Mystagogues and Hierophants.
GREEK WOMEN IN THE REVOLUTION OF 1821
In this journey through the high contribution of the Greek woman to the historical development of our country, we should not forget the contribution of women during the Turkish occupation and the Revolution of 1821. The Greek mothers during the difficult and harsh conditions of the Turkish occupation, grew up Greek children under our national and religious traditions and this way they maintained an unquenchable longing for freedom. When the revolution broke out, they actively participated in various ways, either personally or by offering their property. Prominent figures such as Laskarina Boumpoulina, Manto Mavrogenous, Domna Bizbizis, and the women of Souli along with Tzavelena and Chaido, fighting alongside their husbands, have gone to the Pantheon of Heroines of history. At the same time, we cannot forget the sacrifice of the women in Zalogo of Souli and Arvanitsa of Naousa, who tried to avoid being dishonored by the Turks, and gave their blood to the tree of freedom.
Apart from these bright names, there were also many ordinary women who fought during difficult conditions for the survival of their communities, maintaining their social cohesion and trying to keep a firm belief, ready to fight for the banners of freedom. They were simple women that heavily guarded and passed down from generation to generation the desire for freedom and transformed it into struggle and sacrifice.
THE STANDARDS OF MODERN WOMEN
The standards of modern life dictate that a woman has to be educated, not in order to use her cultivation to upgrade her intellectual level, but, above all, to claim a better position and recognition in the labor market where she has to face competition and as a consequence she puts her career as a first priority above her family and the upbringing of her children. In this context, and while the years go by, Greek women, trapped into their other priorities, delay starting a family and having children. And usually when they do, they fail to provide the required time and temper for the proper upbringing of their children.
The result of the Greek women shifting away from their primary role is one of the causes of the demographic decline. The balance between births and deaths has tipped dramatically in favor of deaths, turning Greece into a country of elders that cannot ensure her future biological continuity. This, of course, is part of the general criminal dullness of the Greek state concerning the problem of low fertility rates.
At this point we should emphasize that we are living in one of the most dangerous periods of our history, since the combination of the demographic issue with the migration policy of all the governments in combination with the tide of illegal immigrants and the biological bleeding due to the migration of thousands of young Greeks, endangers our very own biological survival as a Nation. Today, it is imperative to reverse the demographic decline, and thus, the role of the Greek women becomes both more difficult as well as more necessary in order to support, through maternity, the cornerstone of our nation: the family.
HIGHLIGHTING THE NATURAL STATUS OF WOMEN
We, the women of Golden Dawn, strive not to lose our physical existence that derives through the mists of time. It has nurtured the tree of our Race and has maintained the continuity of the Hellenic nation. We are not touched by the sirens of the International days. We are moved only by our love for our Fatherland, which, through her proud history, has given us the opportunity to live in a blessed place. No matter how hard they try to harm and destroy this place, for us it will always be the essence of our existence.
In these gloomy times, we, the women of Golden Dawn, must emphasize our nature and the value of motherhood. We must preserve the institution of the family as it has evolved through natural evolution. It is one of the foundations of our civilization and our nation. In spite of the furious neo-feminist leveling, we must affirm the diversity of our gender that leads us to the sanctity of motherhood and is a pillar for the support of the future upbringing of our children according to the National Ideals and Values.
We are proud to be Greek and this should not be just empty words, but it is necessary to make it a source that will give a new force to our nation. We must not let the demographic decline and the flood of the Muslim populations that have invaded our country destroy us. We need to remain firm, strong, and maintain our sense of duty in order to awaken more Greek women and their dormant national reflexes.