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In Artemis: The Indomitable Spirit in Everywoman, JEAN BOLEN invites women and girls to discover the tenacity and courage of the Artemis archetype and how it can be tapped to live authentically. To tell the story, Bolen delves deeply into the myth of Atalanta, the famous hunter and runner in ancient Greek mythology, a mortal woman who is identified with Artemis the Greek Goddess of the Hunt and Moon.
Atalanta began life abandoned and left to die because she was born a girl. She faced the Calydon Boar and drew first blood; she was the runner who would demand to be beaten in a footrace by the man who could claim her as his bride. She exemplifies the indomitable spirit in competent, courageous girls and in the women they become. This is grit, the passion and persistence to go the distance, to survive, and to succeed. Bolen includes many real-life stories as well as mythological and fictional examples of women who are similar to Atalanta, including among others Princess Merida from the animated film Brave and Katniss from The Hunger Games. Artemis and Atalanta are the means through which readers can navigate their own personal exploration to become their authentic selves.
JEAN SHINODA BOLEN, MD is a psychiatrist, Jungian analyst, author and speaker. She is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a former clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California at San Francisco. The Millionth Circle Initiative, www.millionthcircle.org, was inspired by her book and led to her advocacy for a UN 5th World Conference on Women. She is the author of several books including Goddesses in Everywoman, Crones Donít Whine, Urgent Message from Mother, Close to the Bone, Like a Tree, and more.