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Riane Eisler. Gender Partnership/Harmony for Gandhicracy


Riane Eisler


From Androcracy

to the Gylanic Gandhicracy of

Gender Partnership through Political Balance

(Chapter for the GHA new book)


RIANE EISLER (b. 1931) is a social systems scientist, cultural historian, and attorney whose research, writing, and speaking has transformed the lives of people worldwide. Her newest work, Nurturing Our Humanity: How Domination and Partnership Shape Our Brains, Lives, and Future, co-authored with anthropologist Douglas Fry and coming out with Oxford University Press in July 2019, shows how to construct a more equitable, sustainable, and less violent world based o­n partnership rather than domination.

Dr. Eisler is president of the Center for Partnership Studies (CPS), dedicated to research and education, Editor-in-Chief of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies, an o­nline peer-reviewed journal at the University of Minnesota that was inspired by her work, keynotes conferences nationally and internationally, has addressed the United Nations General Assembly, the U.S. Department of State, and Congressional briefings, and has spoken at corporations and universities worldwide o­n applications of the partnership model introduced in her work.

She is internationally known for her bestseller The Chalice and The Blade: Our History, Our Future, now in 27 foreign editions and 57 U.S. printings. Her book o­n economics, The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics, was hailed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu as “a template for the better world we have been so urgently seeking” and by Jane Goodall as “a call to action.” Her Transforming Interprofessional Partnerships, co-authored with Teddie Potter, won national and international awards, and her Equal Rights Handbook was the o­nly mass paperback o­n the Equal Rights Amendment.

Other books drawing from Eisler’s research include her award-winning Tomorrow’s Children, Sacred Pleasure, and Women, Men, and the Global Quality of Life, statistically documenting the key role of women’s status in a nation’s quality of life. Through the Center for Partnership Studies’ Caring Economy Campaign she developed new metrics demonstrating the economic value of caring for people, starting in early childhood, and of caring for nature.

She has written over 500 articles in publications ranging from Behavioral Science, Futures, Political Psychology, The Christian Science MonitorChallenge, and UNESCO Courier to Brain and Mind, Human Rights Quarterly, International Journal of Women’s Studies, and World Encyclopedia of Peace, as well as chapters for books published by trade and university presses (e.g., Cambridge, Stanford, and Oxford University).

Dr. Eisler pioneered the expansion of human rights theory and action to include the majority of humanity: women and children. Her research provides a new perspective o­n our past, present, and possibilities for the future, including a new social and political agenda for building a more humane and environmentally sustainable world.

She is the o­nly woman among 20 major thinkers including Hegel, Adam Smith, Marx, and Toynbee in Macrohistory and Macrohistorians in recognition of the lasting importance of her work as a cultural historian and evolutionary theorist. She has received many honors, including honorary PhDs, the Nuclear Age Peace Leadership Award, the Feminist Pioneer award, and inclusion in the award-winning book Great Peacemakers as o­ne of twenty leaders for world peace, along with Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa, and Martin Luther King.

Website: https://rianeeisler.com/


Personal page:

In English: https://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=932

In Russian: https://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=ru_c&key=831



Global Harmony Association

Confers the GHA High Honor

World Harmony Gandhian Creator


Riane Eisler,

Anthropologist, sociologist and unique thinker

For her unprecedented contribution to Global Peace from World Gender Harmony / Partnership in her most outstanding intellectual achievements:


1. Creation of a holistic systems theory of gender equality and partnership / harmony based o­n the ideas of the Pythagorean harmony of natural and social spheres, excluding any social inequality, domination, violence, militarism and war.

2. The definition of this theory as a social "model of partnership", an alternative to androcratic "models of domination" in all forms, including capitalism and communism, opening the "third way" of the further evolution of humankind, which integrates all the constructive achievements of the past.

3. The partnership model continues and develops the Gandhian teaching non-violence of equal varnas/spherons from a gender perspective.

4. In the essence of social equality and harmony, the identical approaches of Riane Eisler and Mahatma Gandhi comprise two sides (gender and societal) of a single, holistic and pluralistic systems approach of the genetic spheres and spherons of humanity, presented in the GHA Gandhica, 2019.

These approaches, unified in their diversity and organic interconnection, provide global peace from harmony in the new non-violent world order of the 21st century.

The approach of gender equality and partnership by Riane Eisler is a necessary structural part of the “substantially new manner” (Einstein) of nonviolent systems holistic thinking by the spheres and spherons of humanity.


In more detail, the Riane Eisler intellectual achievements are presented o­n her personal page, primarily in its fundamental historical book “The Chalice and The Blade”: https://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=932



Riane Eisler is included in the GHA Gallery:

World Harmony Gandhian Creators”:



The GHA recommendation: March 11, 2020

Approved by the GHA o­n April 24, 2020,

The GHA 15th anniversary year:



Riane Eisler was approved in the GHA Highest Title.

Gandhi and Eisler: Gandhicracy Spiritual Parents


Dear GHA members, friends,

The GHA is happy to report that after discussion three days, we did not receive a single objection but many confirmations, including enthusiastic o­nes, from almost 20 countries, according to which Madame Riane Eisler was unanimously recognized in the GHA Highest Honorary Title "Gandhian Creator of World Harmony" o­n April 24, 2020

          The GHA is pleased to congratulate Ms. Riane Eisler with this unique peacemaking title, which she deserved with her great Gandhian scientific idea / theory of gender structural equality / partnership in all four spheres of social production of humankind. Ms. Eisler gender partnership theory is addition and development of the fundamental Gandhian science of structural equality / non-violence of four varnas / spherons of humanity, disclosed and statistically proved in the GHA Gandhica (https://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=848). Both concepts are the scientific source and theoretical platform of innovative Gandhian democracy: Gandhicracy. It makes Gandhi and Eisler by its spiritual parents.

          In this regard, the GHA, developing the science of Gandhian peace-building democracy, is happy to cooperate and invite in the new book "Gandhicracy-2020" (https://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=932) Ms. Eisler with a chapter or article o­n the topic: “From Androcracy to the Gylanic Gandhicracy of Gender Partnership through Political Balance” or the like.

          The GHA motivated and unanimous recognition was published o­n the personal page of Ms. Eisler in Russian and English here: https://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=831


and included in the GHA Gallery "World Harmony Gandhian Creators" here:



Best wishes for global peace from harmony of the Gandhian varnas/spherons and Eisler gender partnership,with a hope for cooperation,

Dr. Leo Semashko,
GHA Founder and Honorary President,




See in PDF:

Riane T. Eisler. The Chalice and The Blade: Our History, Our Future.

Harper Collins San Francisco, 1994


Dr. Leo Semashko’s detailed text analysis of the author’s unique work in Russian is presented here: https://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=ru_c&key=831

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