Curriculum Vitae

Riane speaking in Germany next to the President of the German Parliament.

Curriculum Vitae Contents:

Overview of Professional Activities

Overview of Professional Activities

Riane Eisler is a social scientist, attorney, and author whose research, writing, and speaking have influenced fields ranging from psychology, anthropology, education, and religious studies to economics, political science, philosophy, women’s studies, and management studies.

Profoundly impacted by her early experiences as a child Holocaust survivor, Eisler’s focus has been on identifying the conditions that support our human capacities for consciousness, creativity, and caring rather than for insensitivity, destructiveness, and cruelty.

What follows is a brief overview of her professional activities. Details are under Education, Publications, Key Areas of Influence, Consulting and Teaching, Keynotes, Lectures, and Papers, Honors, Interviews and Reviews, Community Service, Boards, Editorial, & Advisory Councils, Fellowships& Memberships, and Contact Information.


  • Wrote seven books, including the best-selling The Chalice and the Blade: Our History, Our Future and more recently The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics; co-authored five books; contributed to over two hundred books; and published over three hundred articles, papers, essays, opeds, and encyclopedia entries.
  • Spoke at over six hundred events, including the U.N. General Assembly, the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Congressional briefings, keynotes at national and international conferences, lectures at universities, corporations, religious institutions, and governmental and nongovernmental agencies, including invitations from heads of State.
  • Co-founded and serves as Editor in Chief of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies housed at the University of Minnesota and sits on other editorial boards and national and international leadership councils, including the World Futures Council and the Club of Rome
  • Co-founded the Center for Partnership Studies (CPS), a nonprofit research and education public service organization ( CPS programs initiated by Eisler include:

--The Spiritual Alliance to Stop Intimate Violence (co-founded with Nobel Peace Laureate Betty Williams), with an Advisory Council that includes spiritual leaders such as Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Prince El Hassan bin Talal. The SAIV website ( offers practical resources for clergy and lay people, including its Caring and Connected Parenting Guide, endorsed by leading pediatricians, which can be downloaded at

-- The Caring Economy Campaign (CEC) provides trainings and other resources to influence economic and social policies at the federal, state and local levels; a public policy Initiative. It developed a new set of metrics, Social Wealth economic indicators, that demonstrate the ROI from investing in human capacity development and document the economic value of the work of care still largely done by women worldwide. The Caring Economics Campaign website is at

-- Leadership and Learning Programs provide webinars and online courses for change agents, including videos and presentation training. They have to date been attended by women and men from 17 nations and 33 U.S. states.

-- Earlier CPS achievements under Eisler’s direction include publication of the pioneering CPS study Women, Men, and the Global Quality of Life in 1995; support for research at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing on cultural transformation leading to publication of The Chalice and the Blade in Chinese Culture by the China Social Sciences House; international conferences on the application of cultural transformation theory, including “Attaining Human Rights in the 21st Century”

(attended by 900 people), and the “First International Partnership Celebration” in Crete hosted by the former First Lady of Greece (attended by 500 people from 40 countries).

  • Provided consulting on applications of the partnership model to educational institutions, corporations, social action organizations, and government agencies.
  • Introduced a new model for human rights policy and action that fully integrates the human rights of women and children, including the first article in The Human Rights Quarterly on women’s rights as human rights in 1987.
  • Developed the method of inquiry called the study of relational dynamics, identifying the configurations of the partnership system and the domination system cross-culturally and historically, and cultural transformation theory, tracing the tension between these two social possibilities in human cultural evolution underlying conventional categories such as ancient vs. modern, Eastern vs. Western, secular vs. religious, or rightist vs. leftist.
  • Showed how the social construction of parent-child and gender relations affects, and is in turn affected by, politics, economics, religion, and other social institutions.
  • Applied her multidisciplinary research to economics and developed a blueprint for a “caring economics” or “partnerism” that gives visibility and real value to the essential work of caring for people and nature to meet both our material and spiritual needs.
  • Developed a new theory of bioculturalism, applying new findings from both the natural and social sciences about the interaction between biology and culture to better understand how humanity can develop its highest potentials.
  • Developed guidelines for kindergarten to 12th grade partnership pedagogy and curricula, described in her book Tomorrow’s Children and its companion book co-published by the Center for Partnership Studies, Partnership Education in Action.
  • Inspired new initiatives and organizations, including the Montessori Foundation’s Center for Partnership Education, which held its inaugural conference at Asilomar, California in 2005.
  • Taught at a number of universities, including in the University of Alabama at Birmingham in its Anthropology Department, the California Institute for Integral Studies graduate Transformative Leadership Program, and the CPS Leadership and Learning Program, drawing from her research and theory building.
  • Received numerous honors, including honorary PhD degrees and the Nuclear Peace Foundation’s Distinguished Peace Leadership Award, earlier received by the Dalai Lama.


  • Co-founded and co-directed the Institute for Futures Forecasting, a think tank dedicated to developing better methods of futures prediction and intervention.


  • Public and private law practice and research on the interaction between law and society.. Was admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court; developed equitable marriage contracts; wrote a state bar syllabus; introduced bills in family law, criminal law, and public administration; wrote two books on women and the law.


  • Lecturer, Department of Anthropology and Council for Educational Development, University of California at Los Angeles; lecturer, Immaculate Heart College, Los Angeles; founding director, Women's Center Legal Program. This was the first program of its kind in the United States, offering courses and lectures in the new field of women's law, providing legal services to poor women, and handling test cases challenging the then existing exclusion of women from the definition of "persons" under the 14th Amendment. The program was accredited as an internship program for the University of Southern California School of Law.


  • Staff Attorney, Los Angeles Women's Center. (The Los Angeles Women's Center, co-founded by Eisler, was one of the first women's centers in the United States).


  • Attorney, associated with Zagon, Schiff, Hirsch and Levine, in Beverly Hills, California.


  • Social Scientist, Rand-SDC, Santa Monica, California


  • Social Worker, Superior Court, Ann Arbor, Michigan


Multidisciplinary studies in fields ranging from history, archaeology, anthropology, and neuroscience to economics, political science, women's studies, and chaos and systems theories.

2008 Honorary Ph.D. degree (Doctor of Humane Letters), Saybrook Institute

2005 Honorary Ph.D. degree (Doctor of Humane Letters), Case Western Reserve University

1965 Juris Doctor, University of California at Los Angeles School of Law

1952 Bachelor of Arts, University of California at Los Angeles, Department of Sociology

1940-1948 Private school classical education in Havana, Cuba; completed last two years of high school in U.S. public schools.



The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics, San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler, 2007, 2008.

This book applies the research described above to economic systems. It reassesses earlier economic theories and models and proposes five foundations for a more equitable, sustainable, and productive economic system that can help us meet the challenges we face. It has been translated into several European languages, as well as Chinese, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, and Urdu, and is available as an e-book and an audio book online.

The Power of Partnership: Seven Relationships that Will Change Your Life, Novato, California: New World Library, 2002.

This book applies Eisler’s research to the seven key relationships in our lives – from intimate relations to international relations. It is a practical handbook for personal, social, economic, political, and spiritual transformation. It won the 2003 Nautilus Award. Among other languages, it has been translated into Croatian and Portuguese and is available as an e-book.

Tomorrow’s Children: A Blueprint for Partnership Education in the 21st Century, Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press, 2000

This is the third book drawing from Eisler’s on-going research. In 2002 it was chosen as the most important book on the future written in the prior five years by the Journal of Futures Studies, was published in Urdu by Mashal Publishers in Pakistan and in German by Arbor Verlag, and has been translated into Chinese and Korean. It inspired other books for educators such as Partnership Education in Action, Dierdre Bucciarelli and Sarah Pirtle, editors, Brandon, Vermont: Holistic Education Press with Center for Partnership Studies, 2001. It inspired a Master’s degree in Partnership Education at Goddard College in Vermont (the original Dewey College) and the Montessori Foundation’s Center for Partnership Education.

Sacred Pleasure: Sex, Myth, and the Politics of the Body, San Francisco: Harper Collins, 1995.

This is the second book drawing from the research described earlier. It looks at spirituality, sexuality, and morality through the lens of the partnership/domination continuum. Foreign editions include Hosei University Press (Tokyo), Element/Penguin (London), Transworld Publishers/Bantam (Moorebank, Australia), Forum Editrice Universaria Udinese (Udine, Italy), Editorial Cuatro Vientos (Santiago de Chile), and Rocco (Rio de Janeiro).

The Chalice and the Blade: Our History, Our Future, San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1987.

This book introduced Eisler's cultural transformation theory to a general readership. It has been published in twenty-five foreign editions: Hosei University Press (Tokyo), Laffont (Paris), Bertelsmann Verlag and Goldmann Verlag (Munich) and Arbor Verlag (Freiamt im Schwarzland), Werner Soderstrom Osakeyhtio (Helsinki), Frassinelli (Milan) and Forum Editrice Universaria Udinese (Udine), Imago (Rio de Janeiro), Palas Athena (Sao Paolo), Via Optima (Portugal and Rio), Editorial Cuatro Vientos (Santiago de Chile), Harper Collins (London), Glaros (Athens), Gyldendal (Copenhagen), Pax (Oslo), Gyldendalske, Ecopolis Association (Moscow), Entheon (Holland), Gal (Isreal), Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (Beijing), Nakladatelstvi Lidove Noviny (Prague), and Gal (Israel), Gimm-Young Publishers, (Seoul, Korea); Sphera (Kiev, Ukraine), Friare Liv Förlag (Sweden), Al-Ahliah (Jordan), Mashal Books (Pakistan). It is also available as an e-book and on an audio cassette.

The Equal Rights Handbook: What ERA Means to Your Life, Your Rights, and the Future, New York: Avon Books, 1978. (Re-released by New York: iUniverse, 1999). (

This was the only mass paperback on the proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Dissolution: No-Fault Divorce, Marriage, and the Future of Women, New York: McGraw-Hill, 1977. Re-released by New York: iUniverse, 1999). (

This book predicted that without adequate safeguards no-fault divorce laws would plunge former middle-class women and children into poverty, leading to the “feminization of poverty.”

Books (Co-author/Editor)

Riane Eisler and Douglas Fry. The Nurturing Brain: How the Cultures We Create Impact Our Minds, Lives, and Future. New York: Oxford University Press, in press.

This book is both a textbook and a trade book for general readers. A multidisciplinary work that draws from both the social and biological sciences, particularly from new findings from neuroscience, it focuses on the interaction between genes and environments (which for humans are mainly cultural environments) probing how cultures orienting to either end of the partnership/domination social scale impact brain development, and hence how people feel, think, and act, with a focus on what is needed for a more sustainable, equitable, and peaceful future.

Riane Eisler and Teddie Potter. Transforming Interprofessional Partnerships: A New Framework for Nursing and Partnership-Based Health Care. Indianapolis, IN: Sigma Theta Tau International, 2014.

This is a textbook for nursing students and other health care professionals using Eisler’s cultural transformation framework. Winner of 2014 American Journal of Nursing Book Award in Professional Development and Issues category, and 2015 Capstone International Book Award.

Riane Eisler and Ron Miller, co-editors, Educating for a Culture of Peace, Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 2004.

This is a collection of essays by educators for teachers and others interested in how to incorporate education for partnership and peace into their work.

Riane Eisler, David Loye, and Kari Norgaard, Women, Men, and the Global Quality of Life, Pacific Grove, California: Center for Partnership Studies, 1995.

This is the report of a three-year study directed by Eisler under the auspices of the Center for Partnership Studies. Utilizing statistical data from 89 nations, it documents a strong correlation between the social construction of gender roles and relations and a country's overall quality of life – a new indicator of economic development.

Riane Eisler and David Loye, The Partnership Way: New Tools for Living and Learning, Healing Our Families, Our Communities, and Our World, San Francisco: Harper Collins, 1990; New Revised Edition, Brandon, Vermont: Holistic Education Press, 1998.

This educational resource book for use in universities, high schools, churches, and workshops was written in response to the demand sparked by The Chalice and the Blade and later revised to also include materials for Sacred Pleasure study groups.

Riane Eisler and Allie C. Hixson, The ERA Facts and Action Guide, National Women's Conference Committee, Washington, D.C., 1986 (helped launch the ERA renewal drive).

Books (Contributor-- Examples from over 200 books)

“Relationship and Social Models in Scripture, Archaeology, and History.” Women in World Religions: Faith and Culture Across History. Susan de Gaia, editor. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, Inc., in press.

“Societal Contexts for Family Relations: Development, Violence, and Stress.” In Contexts for Young Child Flourishing: Evolution, Family and Society. Darcia Narvaez, Julia Braungart-Rieker, Laura Miller, Lee Gettler, editors. New York: Oxford University Press. 2016. pp. 61-78.

“Reframing Organizational and Social Change: From Domination to Partnership.” In Leadership for a Healthy World: Creative Social Change. Kathryn Goldman Schuyler, editor. International Leadership Association (ILA) Book Series. Bingley, United Kingdom: Emerald Publishing. 2016. pp.101-118

“Preventing Violence against Women: Four Strategies.” In Mariam Kurtz and Lester Kurtz, editors. Women, War, and Violence: Typography, Resistance, and Hope, Volume 1, Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers. 2016. pp. 383-400.

“Women’s Spirituality: From Domination to Partnership.” In Foremothers of the Women’s Spirituality Movement: Elders and Visionaries. Miriam Robbins Dexter and Vicki Noble, editors. Amherst, NY: Teneo Press. 2015.

“Evolutionary Adaptation and Violent Aggression: From Myths to Realities.” In Ancestral Landscapes in Human Evolution: Culture, Childrearing and Social Wellbeing, Darcia Narvaez, et al, editors. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014, pp. 89-91.

“Roadmap to a New Economics: Beyond Capitalism and Socialism – Economics as if Children and their Future Actually Mattered.” In From Capitalistic to Humanistic Business, Michael Pirson, Ulrich Steinvorth, Carlos Largacha-Martinez, Claus Dierksmeier, editors. New York: Palgrave-MacMillan, 2014. 

“The Power of the Creative Word: From Domination to Partnership”. In The Tapestry of the Creative Word in the Literatures in English' (ALL 14), Antonella Riem, M.R.Dolce, S. Mercanti & C. Colombra (eds.) Udine, Italy: Forum Editrice, 2013, pp 33-47.

“Protecting the Majority of Humanity: Toward an Integrated Approach to Crimes against Present and Future Generations.” In Sustainable Development, International Criminal Justice, and Treaty Implementation. Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger and Sébastien Jodoin, editors, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013. pp 305-326.

“Partnership Education: Nurturing Children’s Humanity.” In We Saved the Best for You: Letters of Hope, Imagination, and Wisdom for 21st Century Educators, Tricia M. Kress and Robert Lake, editors. Boston: Sense Publishers, 2013

“A Caring Economy.” In Thirty-Year Plan: Thirty Writers on What We Need to Build a Better Future, Jennifer Sahn, editor. Barrington, MA: The Orion Society, 2012.

“Cultivating Compassion: Lessons Learned from Society and Culture.” In Rattling Chains: Exploring Social Justice in Education, Louis G. Denti and Patricia A. Whang, editors, Boston: Sense Publishers, 2012.

“Roadmap to a New Economics: Beyond Capitalism and Socialism.” In Emma Coleman Jordan and Angela P. Harris, editors, Economic Justice: Race, Gender, Identity, and Economics: Cases and Materials, second edition, New York: Thomson Reuters/Foundation Press, 2011.

“Terror, Domination, and Partnership.” In Karin Lofthus Carrington and Susan Griffin, editors,Transforming Terror: Remembering the Soul of the World, Berkeley: University of California Press, 2011.

“Transforming Society: A Partnership Educational Agenda.” In Turning Points: 27 Visionaries in Education Tell Their Own Stories. Jerry Mintz & Carlo Ricci, editors. Alternative Education Resources Education (AERO), 2010.

“The Essence of Good Business: Companies that Care,” Good Business, Charlotte Shelton and Martha Lynn, editors, Unity Village, MO: UnityHouse, 2009.

“The Economic Imperative for Revisioning the Rules of the Game: Work, Values, and Caring.” In Handbook for Transformative Cooperation: New Designs and Dynamics. Sandy Kristin Piderit, Ronald E. Fry, and David C. Cooperrider, editors. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2007

“The Caring Business.” In Einstein’s Business: Engaging Soul, Excellence and Collective Intelligence in the Workplace, Barbara Stahura, editor, Santa Rosa, CA: Elite Books, 2007.

“Our Great Creative Challenge: Rethinking Human Nature – and Recreating Society.” In Everyday Creativity and New Views of Human Nature. Ruth Richards, editor. Washington D.C.: APA Books, 2007.

“The Goddess as Metaphor in the Cultural Transformation Theory.” In The Goddess Awakened: Partnership Studies in Literatures, Language and Education, Antonella Riem Natale, Luisa Conti Camaiora, and Maria Renata Dolce Forum. Udine, Italy: Editrice Universitaria Udinese, 2007

“From Domination to Partnership: Meeting the UN Millennium Goals” by Riane Eisler and Thais Corral. In Leadership Is Global: Co-Creating a More Humane and Sustainable World. Walter Link, Thais Corral and Mark Gerzon., 2006.

“Benefits of Partnership: When Children Are Honored There Is Peace and Prosperity.” In Child Honoring: How to Turn this World Around. Raffi Cavoukian and Sharna Olfman, editors, Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers, 2006.

“How Do We Educate for Partnership and Peace? Putting Spirituality into Action.” In Integrative Learning and Action: A Call to Wholeness. Susan Awbrey, Diane Dana, Vachel Miller, Phyllis Robinson, Merle Ryan, and David Scott, editors. New York: Peter Lang, 2006.

“Partnership: Beyond Patriarchy and Matriarchy. ”In The Rule of Mars: Readings on the Origins, History and Impact of Patriarchy, Cristina Biaggi, editor, Manchester, CT: Knowledge, Ideas & Trends, Inc. 2006.

“Changing Old Life Scripts,” In The Marriage of Sex and Spirit: Relationships at the Heart of Conscious Evolution. Santa Rosa: Elite Books, 2006.

“Der Kampf um die menschlichen Moglichkeiten” (“The Struggle Over Human Possibilities”), in Geselschaft in Balance (Society in Balance), Heide Gottner Abendroth, editor, Stuttgart, Germany: Verlag W. Kohlhammer, 2006.

“The Economics of the Enlightened Use of Power.” In Enlightened Power: How Women Are Transforming the Practice of Leadership, Linda Coughlin, Ellen Wingard, and Keith Hollihan, San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2005.

“Building a Just and Caring World: Four Cornerstones.” In Stop the Next War Now: Effective Responses to Violence and Terrorism, Medea Benjamin and Jodie Evans, editors, Maui: Inner Ocean Publishing, 2005.

“Tomorrow’s Children: Education for a Partnership World.” In Holistic Learning and Spirituality in Education,” Jack Miller, editor. New York: SUNY Press, 2004.

“A Multilinear Theory of Cultural Evolution: Genes, Culture, and Technology.”In The Great Adventure: Toward a Fully Human Theory of Evolution, David Loye, editor, Albany, N.Y.: State University of New York Press, 2004.

“Revisioning Humanism: Building Foundations for Peace and Human Rights,” in Toward a New Political Humanism, Barry Seidman, editor, Amherst, NY: Prometheus Press, 2004.

“A Systems View of Overconsumption.” In Mindfulness in The Marketplace, Allan Hunt-Badiner, editor. Berkeley, CA: Parallax Press, 2003.

“Education for a Culture of Peace: Human Possibilities.” In The Art of Partnership, Antonella Riem Natale and Roberto Albarea, editors, Udine, Italy: Forum, 2003.

“The Human Side of Spirituality, by Riane Eisler and Alfonso Montuori. In The Handbook of Workplace Spirituality and Organizational Performance, Robert Giacalone and Carole Jurkeiwicz editors. Armonk, New York: M.E. Sharpe, 2003.

“Partnership Education for the 21st Century.” In Youth Futures, Jennifer Gidley and Sohail Inayatullah, editors. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group, 2002.

"Honoring Diversity: Building the Partnership Foundations." In Working Together, Angeles Arrien and John Renesch, editors. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler: 2001.

“A Time for Partnership,” in SAGA: Best New Writings on Mythology, Vol. 2, Jonathan Young, editor, Ashland, OR: White Cloud Press, 2001.

“Changing the Rules of the Game: Work, Values, and the Future.” In Gone Today, Here Tomorrow: Millennium Previews, Richard A. Slaughter, editor. St. Leonards, Australia: Prospect Media, 2000,

“Family Structure and Family Violence and Nonviolence.” (With Laura McCloskey) In Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace, and Conflict, San Diego: Academic Press, 1999.

“Toward an Empathic Science.” In The 13th Labor, Eric J. Chaisson and Tae-Chang Kim, editors, the Netherlands: Gordon & Breach Publishers, 1999.

“Conscious Evolution: Cultural Transformation and Human Agency.” In The Evolutionary Outrider: The Impact of the Human Agent on Evolution, David Loye, editor, London: Adamantine, 1998.

“Sex, Gender, and Transformation: From Scoring to Caring.” In Feminism and Men: Reconstructing Gender Relations, Steven Schacht and Doris Ewing, editors, New York University Press, 1998.

"Cultural Transformation Theory: A New Paradigm for History." In Macrohistory and Macrohistorians, Johan Galtung and Sohail Inayatullah, editors, Westport, Connecticut: Praeger Publishers, 1997.

“From Domination to Partnership: The Hidden Subtext for Sustainable Change.” In The New Business of Business, Maya Porter, editor, San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler, 1997.

"Communication, Socialization, and Domination: The Replication of Violence and the Partnership Alternative." In Women Transforming Communication, Donna Allen, Romona R. Rush, and Susan J. Kaufman, editors, Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications, 1996.

"Human Rights and Violence: Integrating the Private and Public Spheres." In The Web of Violence, Lester Kurtz and Jennifer Turpin, editors, Urbana, Illinois: University of Illinois Press, 1996.

"Messages From the Past: The World of the Goddess." In This Sacred Earth: Religion, Nature, Environment, Roger S. Gottlieb, editor, New York and London: Routledge, 1996.

"The Chalice and the Blade: Our History, Our Future." In Feminism in Our Times: The Essential Writings, World War II to the Present, Miriam Schneir, editor, New York: Vintage Books, 1994.

"Foundations for a New World Order." In The New Paradigm in Business: Emerging Strategies for Leadership and Organizational Change, Michael Ray and Alan Renzler, editors, Los Angeles: J. P. Tarcher, 1993.

"The Challenge of Human Rights for All: What We Can Do." In Creating the 21st Century: Rights, Responsibilities, and Remedies, Howard F. Didsbury, Jr., editor, Washington DC: World Futures Society, 1993.

"From Utopia to Pragmatopia." In Voices on the Threshold of Tomorrow, Georg Feuerstein and Trisha Lamb Feuerstein, editors, Wheaton, Illinois: Quest Books, 1993

"The Rights of Women, Children, and Men: Integrating the Private and Public Spheres." In Human Rights for the 21st Century, Bertram Gross and Peter Juviler, editors, U.S. publisher, Armonk, New York: M.E. Sharpe; Russian publisher, Moscow: Progress Publishers, 1993.

"Women, Men, and Management: Redesigning Our Future." In When the Canary Stops Singing: Women's Perspectives of the Transforming Workplace. Pat Barrentine, editor, San Francisco: New Leaders Press, 1993.

"Technology, Gender, and History: Toward a Nonlinear Model of Social Evolution." In The Evolution of Cognitive Maps: New Paradigms for the Twenty-first Century, Ervin Laszlo and Ignazio Masulli with Robert Artigiani and Vilmos Csanyi, editors, Langhorne, Pennsylvania: Gordon and Breach Science Publishers, 1993.

"From Domination to Partnership: The Foundations for Global Peace." In Communication and Culture in War and Peace, Colleen Roach, editor, Newbury Park, California: Sage Publications, 1993.

"Cooperation, Competition, and Gylany: Cultural Evolution from a New Dynamic Perspective" by Riane Eisler and Alan Combs. In Cooperation, Alan Combs, editor, New York: Gordon and Breach, 1992.

"The Goddess of Nature and Spirituality: An Ecomanifesto." In In All Her Names, Joseph Campbell and Charles Muses, editors, San Francisco: Harper Collins, 1991.

"Cultural Evolution: Social Shifts and Phase Changes." In The New Evolutionary Paradigm, Ervin Laszlo, editor, New York: Gordon and Breach, 1990.

"Von der Herrschaft zur Partnerschaft: Die neue Beziehung von Frau und Mann als Muster fuer die Partnerschaftsgesellschaft." In Eine Welt fuer alle: Visionen von globalem Bewusstsein, Andreas Giger, editor, Rosenheim, Germany: Horizonte Verlag, 1990.

"The Long Journey Home." In For the Love of God: New Writings by Spiritual and Psychological Leaders, Benjamin Shield and Richard Carlson, editors, San Rafael, California: New World Library, 1990

"The Gaia Tradition and the Partnership Future." In Reweaving the World: The Emergence of Ecofeminism, Irene Diamond and Gloria Orenstein, editors, San Francisco: Sierra Club Books, 1990.

"Our Lost Heritage." In Our Times, Robert Atwan, editor, New York: St. Martin's Press, 1989.

"La donna, l'uomo et l'evoluzione della struttura sociale." In Physis: Abitare la Terra, Mauro Ceruti and Ervin Laszlo, editors, Milano, Italy: Feltrinelli, 1988.

"Population Pressure, Women's Roles, and Peace;" "Peace and Feminist Thought: New Directions," by Riane Eisler and David Loye; "The Relation of Sexual Equality to Peace" by David Loye and Riane Eisler. In World Encyclopedia of Peace, Ervin Laszlo and Yong-youl Yoo, editors, London: Pergamon Press, 1986.

"Should the Equal Rights Amendment Be Adopted?" opposing views of Riane Eisler and U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch. In Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Political Issues, George McKenna and Stanley Feingold, editors, Guilford, Connecticut: Dushkin Publishing Group, 1980.

"Legal Rights and Prospects: Property, Inheritance, and Credit." In New Life Options: The Working Woman's Handbook, Rosaling K. Loring and Herbert A. Otto, editors, New York: McGraw Hill, 1976.

Books (Examples of Forewords & Introductions)

Foreword, The Assertiveness Guide for Women: How to Communicate Your Needs, Set Healthy Boundaries, and Transform Your Relationships, Julie de Azevedo Hanks, Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications, 2016.

Foreword, A Humanitarian Past: Antiquity’s Impact on Present Social Conditions,

Adele Anggard, Bloomington, Indiana: Author House, 2014.

Foreword, Gender and Information Technology: Moving Beyond Access to Co-Create Global Partnership, Mary Kirk, Hershey, Pennsylvania: International Science Reference, 2009.

Foreword, The Montessori Way, Tim Seldin and Paul Epstein, editors. Sarasota, FL: The Montessori Foundation, 2004.

Foreword, Life-Enriching Education: Nonviolent Communication Helps Schools Improve Performance, Reduce Conflict, and Enhance Relationships, Marshall Rosenberg, Encinitas, CA. Puddledancer Press, 2003.

Introduction, The Women's Companion to Mythology, Carolyne Larrington, ed., London and San Francisco: Pandora/Harper, 1997.

Introduction, Reclaiming Our Health. John Robbins, Tiburon, California: H. P. Kramer Publishing, 1996.

Introduction, The Chalice and The Blade in Chinese Culture: Gender Relations and Social Models. Min Jiayin, editor in chief, The Chinese Partnership Research Group, Beijing: China Social Sciences Publishing House, 1995.

Foreword, From Power to Partnership. Alfonso Montuori and Isabella Conti, San Francisco: Harper Collins, 1993.

Foreword, Coming Into Our Fullness: On Women Turning Forty. Kathleen Rountree, Freedom, California: Crossing Press, 1991.

Books (Interviews)

“Riane Eisler: Partnership Not Domination.” In Great Peacemakers: True Stories from Around the World, Ken Beller and Heather Chase, editors, Sedona, AZ: LTS Press, 2008.

“A Talk with Riane Eisler, Spiritual Courage: Putting Love into Action.” In Women of Wisdom, Kris Steinnes, editor. Seattle: Wise Woman Publishing, 2008.

“Riane Eisler: Promoter of Partnership.” In Visionaries of the 20th Century, Satish Kumar and Freddie Whitefield, editors. Foxhole, Great Britain: Green Books, 2006.

“Riane Eisler, The Unpaid Economy.” In Ethical Markets: Growing the Green Economy, Hazel Henderson with Simran Sethi. White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green Publishing Company, 2006.

“Riane Eisler: The Courage to Stand Up Against Injustice.” In Moved by the Spirit, Jeffrey Kottler and Jon Carlson, Atascadero, CA: Impact Publishers, 2006.

“Riane Eisler: The Professor of Pleasure,” in It’s My Pleasure, A Revolutionary Plan to Free Yourself from Guilt, Find Your True Self, and Create the Life You Want, Maria and Maya Rodale, eds., NY: Free Press, 2005.

“The School for Violence,” interview of Riane Eisler by Helen Knode for the LA Weekly, in editors, After 9/11: Solutions for a Saner World, San Francisco: Independent Media Institute, 2002.

“Riane Eisler,” in In Sweet Company: Conversations with Extraordinary Women about Living a Spiritual Life, Margaret Wolff, editor. San Diego: Margaret Wolff Unlimited, 2002.

“Riane Eisler: Social Scientist, Revisionist Historian, Eloquent Advocate of Partnership,” in Jay Walljasper, Jon Spayde, and the editors of Utne Reader, in Visionaries: People and Ideas to Change Your Life, Gabriola Island, British Columbia, Canada: New Society Publishers, 2001.

“Riane Eisler,” in Katherine Martin, editor, Women of Courage, Novato, California: New World Library, 1999.

“Riane Eisler,” in Gail Hanlon, editor, Voicing Power: Conversations with Visionary Women, New York: Harper Collins, 1997.

“Riane Eisler,” in Cathleen Rountree, editor, On Women Turning 60, New York: Harmony Books, 1997.

Matthew Callahan, Sex, Death, & the Angry Young Man: Conversations with Riane Eisler and David Loye, Ojai, California: Times Change Press, 1993.

“Riane Eisler and David Loye,” in David Jay Brown and Rebecca McClen Novick, Mavericks of the Mind: Conversations for the New Millennium, Freedom, California: The Crossing Press, 1993.

Essays, Articles, Papers, and OpEds (Examples from over 300)

"Building a Caring Democracy: Four Cornerstones for an Integrated Progressive Agenda." Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies, 2017: Vol. 4: Iss. 1, Article 2. Available at:

"Roadmap to a Caring Economics: Beyond Capitalism and Socialism," Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies, 2017: Vol. 4: Iss. 1, Article 3. Available at:

“Protecting the Majority of Humanity: Stopping the International Pandemic of Intimate Violence.” Tikkun 2016, Volume 31, Number 1: 22-25

“Whole Systems Change: A Framework & First Steps for Social/ Economic Transformation.” Paper for Next Systems Project. Democracy Collaborative, 2016.

“Nurturing Children’s Humanity: Partnership Education.” Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies, Volume 2, Issue 2 Fall 2015, Article 5.

“Can International Law Protect Half of Humanity? A New Strategy to Stop Violence against Women.” Journal of Aggression, Conflict, and Peace Research, 2015, Vol. 7 Iss: 2, pp.88 - 100.

“Human Possibilities: The Interaction of Biology and Culture.” Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies, 2014, Vol. 1, Issue 1.

“Addressing and Removing Structural Impediments for Women.” Presentation at International Leadership Association (ILA) conference. Asilomar, California.

“Leading toward Change of Ethics and Caring: Resisting Temptation and Reaping the Benefits,” with Simon L. Dolan & Mario Reich. The European Business Review. November-December 2013, pp.51-54.

“Economics as if Caring Matters.” Paper presented at the Feminist Economics conference, Stanford University, 2013.

“Dalla Dominanza alla Partnership.” Prometeo, number 123, September 2013.

“Human Possibilities: An Integrated Systems Approach.” The Journal of Global Education, 69:4-6, 269-289, July 2013


“Economics and Business as if Caring Matters: Investing in our Future." Cross Cultural Management: an International Journal, Vol. 20 Iss: 2, pp.145 – 160, April 2013.

“Building a Caring Economy and Society: Beyond Capitalism, Socialism, and Other Old Isms.” Cadmus, Volume 2, No. 6, April 2013.

“The Double Standard for Violence.” Huffington Post, January 31, 2013.

“Economics as if Caring Matters.” Challenge. Vol. 55, No. 2, March-April 2012, pp. 1-28.

“The Missing Majority: Domestic Policy through a Woman-less Lens.” Huffington Post, October 8, 2012.

“Debt Fiction vs. Social Wealth.” American Forum, January 6, 2012.

Breakdown or Breakthrough: Culture, Consciousness, and Human Development.” In Consciousness & Development 2.0. An Operating Manual, S. Momo editor 14, III (1), The Hague: Spanda, 2012.

“The Dance between the Dominator and Partnership Models,” Le Simplegadi, International refereed online journal of modern languages and literatures; ISSN 1824- 5226;, Year IX, Number 9, November 2011, pp. 75-93.

“Creating a Caring Economics: Theory, Research, and Practice,” paper presented at All Academy Session, 2010 Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Dare to Care: Passion & Compassion in Management Practice & Research, Montréal, Canada, August 2010,

“Roadmap to a New Economics: Beyond Capitalism and Socialism.” Tikkun Magazine, November/December 2009

“Transformative Leadership: From Domination to Partnership,” with Susan Carter. ReVision, Vol. 30, Nos. 3 & 4, Fall & Winter, 2009

“The Caring Economy.” World Pulse Magazine, November 2009

“Roadmap to a New Economics for Future Generations,” World Future Council, paper for

the Expert Commission on Future Justice, August 30, 2009

“Leveraging the Corporate Ecosystem: The Innovative Role for HRM.” with Simon Dolan and Mario Raich. Effective Executive, February 2010, pp 30-34

“Leaders Forging Change,” with Thais Corral. Beliefs and Values: Understanding the Global Implications of Human Nature, March, 2008.

“Investing in Our Human Infrastructure.” Huffington Post, February 3, 2009,

“Memo to Obama: Riane Eisler On the New Economy, Democracy, and Spiritual Values.” Tikkun magazine, January/February 2009.

“A Full Spectrum Job-Creation Proposal: The Road to a New Caring Economy,” January 12, 2009 (Sent to members of the Progressive Congressional Caucus, posted on and, circulated on the grassroots level).

“The Elephant in the Political Room: What Progressives Can Learn from Regressives,” Huffington Post, June 19, 2008,

“Leading the Shift from a Dominator to a Partnership Culture, with Lucy S. Garrick. The Systems Thinker, Vol. 19, No. 6, 2008.

“Creativity, Society, and the Hidden Subtext of Gender: Toward a New Contextualized Approach,” with Alfonso Montuori, World Futures 63. 479-499. October 2007.

“The Dark Underbelly of the World’s Most ‘Peaceful’ Countries,” Christian Science Monitor, July 26, 2007.

“The American Family: Building a Foundation for Real Democracy and Freedom.” with Frances Kissling, Center for American Progress, July 1, 2005.

“From Domination to Partnership: Meeting the UN Millennium Goals, with Thais Corral, Convergence Vol. XXXVIII, No. 2, 2005.

“A Progressive Alternative to the “Morality- Family- Values Regressive Agenda.” Conscience, Vol. 26, No. 2, Summer 2005.

“The Personal Is Still Political This International Women’s Day.” Common Dreams,, March 2005.

“Spare the Rod.” YES! A Journal of Positive Futures, Winter 2005.

“Education for the 21st Century.” Paths of Learning, Issue #23, Winter 2005.

“Pragmatopia: Re-Visioning Human Possibilities.” Tikkun, Volume 19, # 6, November/December 2004.

“Education for the 21st Century.” Montessori Leadership, Summer 2004.

“Breaking the Devastating Link Between International Terrorism and Intimate Violence.” World Pulse, Premiere edition 2004.

“Saving the Future: The Power of Partnership.” More Than Money Journal, Issue # 37, 2004.

“Culture Shift in Politics: The Movement Toward Partnership.” The New Body Politic. Vasconcellos Legacy Project, Spring 2003, Volume 1.

“Building Foundations for Cultures of Peace.” New Renaissance. Vol. 1, Issue 40, 2003.

“Nature, Nurture, and Caring: We are not Prisoners of Our Genes,” with Daniel S. Levine. Brain and Mind, Vol. 3, No 1, April 2002.

“Partnership Education: Nurturing Children’s Humanity.” Excellence in Education Lecture Series, National School Boards Association, Alexandria, Virginia, 2002.

“How Politics Impacts Your Personal Life.” The Humanist, May/June 2002.

“The Dynamics of Cultural and Technological Evolution: Domination versus Partnership.” World Futures, Vol. 58, No. 2-3, March-June 2002, pp.159-174.

“Partnership Education for the 21st Century.” Journal of Futures Studies, Vol.5, No. 4, May 2001.

“The Partnership Organization: A Systemic Approach,” with Alfonso Montuori. OD Practitioner, Vol. 33, No.2, 2001.

“Toward an Economics of Caring.” Economics for Human Well Being, Conference Report, Cambridge: Boston Research Center, 2001.

“Reclaiming Our Humanity: Partnership Education.” Catalyst, 2000.

“Evoluzione Consapevole: Transformazione Culturale e Agire Umano.” Pluriverso, February 2000.

“Visions for the 21st Century.” Forum 2000 Conference Report, Prague, October 1999.

“Building a Just and Caring World: Four Cornerstones.” Tikkun, May/June 1998.

"Influences, Focus, Trends, and Vision." Contribution to special issue of British journal Futures on "What Futurists Think: Visions of Generations Ahead," 1996.

“The Partnership Model: A Signpost of Hope.” Dialogue with Rob Koegel, Holistic Education Review, Vol. 9, No. 1, Spring 1996.

"A Time for Partnership." Lead article in special issue of UNESCO Courier for the 1995 United Nations Women's Conference (published in thirty languages), September 1995.

"From Domination to Partnership: The Hidden Subtext for Sustainable Change." Journal of Organizational Change Management, Vol. 7, No. 4, 1994. Versions of this article have been published in World Business Academy Perspectives, Vol. 9, No. 3, 1995, and Training and Development Journal, Vol. 49, No. 2,1995.

"Women, Security, and Cooperation: The Global Challenge and Opportunity." Paper, Second International Women's Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe, Brussels, 1992.

"Technology, Gender, and History: Toward a Non-Linear Model of Social Evolution." In World Futures (special edition on the Evolution of Cognitive Maps), Vol. 32, No. 4, 1991.

"Art, Archetypes, and Sex." Women's Review of Books, March 1991.

"Women, Men, and Management: Redesigning Our Future." In Futures, Vol. 23, No. 1, Jan/Feb 1991; also published in Finnish in Futura, March 1990.

"Technology at the Turning Point." Woman of Power, Issue 11, 1988.

"Woman, Man, and The Evolution of Social Structure." World Futures: The Journal of General Evolution, Vol. 23, Nos. 1-2, April 1987.

"Human Rights: Toward an Integrated Theory for Action. The Human Rights Quarterly, Vol. 9, No. 3, August 1987; pp. 287-308; " Feminist Issues, Vol. 7, No. 1, Spring 1987; and published in Nordic Journal on Human Rights, August 5, 1987 and in Foreign Social Sciences, (a publication of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences), Oct 1989. Read into the U.S. Congressional Record by Senator Allan Cranston.

"Chaos and Transformation: The Implications of Natural Science Non-Equilibrium Theory for Social Science and Society" by David Loye and Riane Eisler, Behavioral Science, Vol. 32, No. 1, January 1987.

"Peace and Feminist Theory: New Directions" by Riane Eisler and David Loye. Bulletin of Peace Proposals, Vol. 17, No. 1, 1986, International Peace Research Institute, Oslo, Norway,

"Human Rights: The Unfinished Struggle." International Journal of Women's Studies, Vol. 6, Number 4, Sept/Oct 1983, pp.326-335.

"The Failure of Liberalism: A Reassessment of Ideology from a New Feminine-Masculine Perspective" by Riane Eisler and David Loye, Political Psychology, Vol. 4, Number 2, 1983, pp.375-391.

"Beyond Feminism: The Gylan Future." Alternative Futures, Vol.4, Numbers 2-3, Spring-Summer, 1981, pp.122-134.

"Women's Rights and Human Rights." The Humanist, Vol. 41, Number 6, November/December 1980, pp.4-9.

"Childhood and The Chosen Future" by Riane Eisler and David Loye, Journal of Clinical Child Psychology, Volume IX, Number 2, Summer 1980, pp.102-106.

"The Equal Rights Amendment." Continuing Education of the Bar, University of California, Berkeley, California, 1973. (Tape Syllabus).

"The Los Angeles Women's Center Legal Program" Women's Rights Law Reporter, Vol. 1, Number 1, July/August 1971.

"Women and the Law." Bi-weekly column for Everywoman, Los Angeles, California, 1969-71.

Short Stories

“Re-Mything Scheherazade,” Le Simplegadi, International refereed online journal of modern languages and literatures; ISSN 1824-5226;, Year IX, Number 9, November 2011, pp 6-31.


Joy, art and technology theater piece performed at California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, 1972.

Women Alone, documentary/drama performed on KPFK Radio, Los Angeles, California, 1971.

Help is on the Way by Riane Eisler and Linda Elden, play performed at Immaculate Heart College, Los Angeles, California, 1971.

Infinity, art and technology theater performed at Pasadena Museum of Modern Art in 1970. 


Paean to Women: A Call for Unity by Abida Khanum and Riane Eisler, celebration of women and call to unity, read in English, Swahili, Spanish, German, and French at a special multimedia presentation created by Gloria Orenstein at the NGO Forum of the 1985 End of United Nations Decade for Women Conference, Nairobi, Kenya. The poem has also been translated into Arabic, Polish, and Russian.

News and Editorials

Correspondent for Women's International News Service, the first international women's news service, covering the 1985 U. N. Decade for Women Conference, Nairobi, Kenya, 1985. Guest editorials for Chicago Tribune and Women's International Network News on implications of gender equity for peace, democracy, economics, environmental sustainability, and human rights. OpEds for newspapers on economics, population, and other subjects, as well as other publications, from the Christian Science Monitor to Internet ones such as the Huffington Post, AlterNet, and Common Dreams.

Key Areas of Influence

Eisler’s work is multidisciplinary and impacts many aspects of society and life.


Eisler’s work introduces a systemic approach to peace that is beginning to gain currency: building a culture of peace. This new approach proposes that peace education must include education for nonviolence in parent-child and gender relations as foundations for a culture of peace.

To this end, Eisler founded the Spiritual Alliance to Stop Intimate Violence (SAIV) in conjunction with Nobel Peace Laureate Betty Williams. The purpose of SAIV is to raise awareness to the link between intimate violence and the violence of crime, terrorism, and war. Since most people in the world are religious and religious leaders have great moral authority, SAIV engages religious and other spiritual leaders to take a strong stand condemning violence against women and children as a key moral issue. It also seeks to influence policy makers to commit time and resources to combat violence in the primary human relations between men and women and parents and children – where people first learn respect for human rights or to view using force to impose their will on others as normal, even moral. SAIV provides materials to the public on prevention of violence, including its Caring and Connected Parenting Guide distributed to hospitals, pediatricians, mothers’ groups, and other groups.

Eisler’s analysis of the connection of intimate violence with warfare and other forms of group violence has been featured in many publications, including the Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace, and Conflict (she is on the editorial board) and the World Encyclopedia of Peace.

Eisler’s work on the foundations of cultures of peace is internationally recognized and she is invited to participate in many international meetings, ranging from Vaclas Havel’s Forum 2000 to most recently the Aspen Institute’s meeting to develop a plan for peace” in the 21st century.

She has received many honors for her work on peace, including the 2009 Distinguished Peace Leadership Award, earlier awarded to the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Evolutionary Theory

Eisler’s work on the interaction of biology and culture led to the “partnership/domination biocultural model,” which provides a new analytical framework for the study of human possibilities that takes into account the impact of early childhood observations and experiences on brain development, and hence gene expression.

Eisler’s research on cultural evolution offers a new perspective on our past, present, and the possibilities for our future. The book Macrohistory and Macrohistorians (Praeger, 1997) features Eisler’s contribution to a better understanding of the patterns of history, along with those of prominent macrohistorians such as Giambattusta Vico, Oswald Spengler, Karl Marx, Arnold Toynbee, Adam Smith, and Pitirim Sorokin. Eisler is the only living macrohistorian and the only woman included in this until now all-male group.

Eisler was also the only female co-founder of the General Evolution Research Group, a multi-disciplinary group of scholars from Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Hungary, Russia, China, and the U.S. headed by systems philosopher and evolutionary theorist Ervin Laszlo.

On publication of The Chalice and the Blade (Harper and Row, 1987), anthropologist Ashley Montagu called it “the most important book since Darwin’s Origin of Species.” Eisler’s cultural transformation theory has gained international attention. For example, it was substantiated by scholars at the Chinese Academy of Social Science in Beijing, who tested it through their a multidisciplinary study of Asian prehistoric and historic cultural development, reporting their findings in The Chalice and the Blade in Chinese Culture, published and distributed both in English and Chinese in 1995. The noted Sumerian scholar Samuel Noah Kramer used Eisler’s theoretical framework for one of his last books, The Myths of Enki. In 1995, a special section of Pluriverso, a journal for European intellectuals published by Rizzoli, was devoted to Eisler’s new theory, featuring her concept of gylany.

Panels of historians and classicists focusing on Eisler’s new analysis of history have been presented at conferences. The archaeologist Marija Gimbutas used Eisler’s term gylany and Eisler’s cultural transformation theory to advance her own interpretation of prehistory in her final work, The Civilization of the Goddess. The philosopher Mara Keller, the historian of myth Malcolm Godwin, and many others have used Eisler’s cultural transformation theory and partnership and dominator models in their writings about prehistory.

Eisler’s theories on both biological and cultural evolution are included in many anthologies, such as The Great Adventure: Toward a Fully Human Theory of Evolution (SUNY Press, 2003), The Evolutionary Outrider: The Impact of the Human Agent on Evolution (Adamantine, 1998), and The Evolution of Cognitive Maps: New Paradigms for the Twenty-first Century (Gordon and Breach Science Publishers,1993). Her articles on evolution and human development have also been published in scientific and popular publications, for example, “The Dynamics of Cultural and Technological Evolution: Domination versus Partnership” (World Futures, 2002) and “Nature, Nurture, and Caring: We are not Prisoners of Our Genes,” with Daniel S. Levine, (Brain and Mind, 2003). She is currently working on a new book that introduces her theory of bioculturalism based on her most recent research and thinking on evolution and the light shed on human emotional and spiritual possibilities by findings from neuroscience.

Human Rights

Drawing from her training as an attorney and constitutional law expert and her background in sociology, women's studies, and systems theory, Eisler has been a pioneering architect of a new integrated approach to human rights. In 1987, Eisler’s article “Human Rights: Toward an Integrated Theory for Action” was published by the Human Rights Quarterly, the first time this prestigious journal published an article proposing that women’s rights are human rights. Eisler then took this approach further to propose a new framework that no longer splits off from human rights theory and action the rights of the majority – women and children – as merely “women's rights” and “children's rights.” She has written many articles and book chapters on this, such as “Human Rights and Violence: Integrating the Private and Public Spheres," in The Web of Violence, Lester Kurtz and Jennifer Turpin, editors (University of Illinois Press, 1996). This integration of the so-called public and private spheres into a unified conceptual framework continues to influence human rights theory and action. Most recently she wrote “Protecting the Majority of Humanity: Toward an Integrated Approach to Crimes against Present and Future Generations” for a Cambridge University Press book on international law.

Eisler’s important work on human rights has led to many invitations to speak on the subject, ranging from the U.S. Department of State to Amnesty International.

Her work for human rights is deeply rooted: in 1970 she wrote an amicus curiae brief to the U.S. Supreme Court prosing that gender-based discrimination violates the Equal Protection clause of the 14th Amendment. Eisler proposed a Caring Family Policy Agenda that includes a Declaration of Children’s Rights, A Strong American Family Partnership, and A Family-friendly American Economy. Her reformulation of human rights theory and action inspired an international conference on human rights in Idaho attended by over 900 people, and her articles have been translated into many languages, including Chinese.


Economics and Politics

Eisler’s work transcends old political and economic categories such as right versus left, religion versus secularism, and capitalism versus communism. It shows how the partnership system and domination system are two underlying possibilities for structuring politics and economics.

Her work shows that those working to push us back to more rigid rankings of domination – man over man, man over woman, nation over nation, race over race, man over nature – have an integrated worldview and hence an integrated political agenda. They recognize that injustice, abuse, and violence in families is foundational to political and economic systems of injustice, abuse, and violence. So for then a top priority is a “traditional” authoritarian, male-dominated, highly punitive family. By contrast, for most progressives these are “just” women’s and children’s issues.

Eisler’s Integrated Progressive Political Agenda is a roadmap for reclaiming family, values,

and morality from regressives. It focuses on building four cornerstones for a more equitable and sustainable society: childhood, gender, economics, and language/narratives. In 2016, Eisler spoke to U.S. progressive leaders about the urgent need for this agenda to guide long-term political strategy, and proposed specific actions to further this agenda. She also developed a Caring Family Policy agenda and other resources to shift political thinking in a partnership direction.

Eisler proposal for an integrated progressive political agenda as essential to prevent further regressions to domination is gaining national and international attention, as is her work on a new economics that recognizes that our most important economic assets are not financial – that the real wealth of nations consists of the contributions of people and our natural environment. Eisler summarizes these ideas in "Building a Caring Democracy: Four Cornerstones for an Integrated Progressive Agenda." Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies, 2017: Vol. 4: Iss. 1, Article 2. Available at:

and "Roadmap to a Caring Economics: Beyond Capitalism and Socialism," Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies (2017).

Based on her book The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics (Berret-Koehler 2007), hailed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu as “a template for the better world we have been so urgently seeking,” Eisler developed the Center for Partnership Studies’ Caring Economy Campaign focusing on developing new economic indicators, leadership training, and coalition building to move toward economic systems that meet both our material and spiritual needs. As part of this campaign, CPS commissioned the Urban Institute report The State of Society: Measuring Economic Success and Human Well Being to lay the groundwork for economic indicators that go beyond GDP and give visibility and value to the life-sustaining activities in households and nature (see for details).

Twenty leading experts on the economy met on May 22-23, 2012 in Washington D.C. at a meeting co-sponsored by the Center for Partnership Studies (CPS) and the Urban Institute to pave the way for the development of Social Wealth Indicators and explore their inclusion in the new Key National Indicators System authorized by Congress and in other national accounts. Social Wealth Indicators focus attention on what is needed for the development of every individual’s capacities throughout the life span as a requisite for national economic success and human well-being, especially in the post-industrial, knowledge/service age.

Among experts at the workshop were economists Randy Albelda and Nancy Folbre, Professors of Economics, University of Massachusetts and authorities on the value of care work in both the paid and unpaid sectors; Steve Landesfeld, Director, and Matthew Osborne, Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce; W. Steven Barnett, Co-Director, National Institute for Early Education Research, Rutgers University; Joe Cordes, Professor of Economics and Public Policy, George Washington University (who facilitated the meeting); Elizabeth Boris and Erwin de Leon, Director and Research Associate, Center for Nonprofits and Philanthropy, Urban Institute (who co-hosted the meeting); Riane Eisler, CPS President; Tom Kingsley and Olivia Golden, Senior and Institute Fellows, Urban Institute; Lew Daly, Sustainable Progress Initiative and Senior Fellow, Demos; Rania Antonopoulos and Ajit Zacharias, senior scholars from the Levy Institute at Bard College; Sara Melendez, Partner, Savage/Melendez & Associates; Carlos E. Santiago, Chief Executive Officer, Hispanic College Fund; Jeffrey Hayes from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, and a representative from the U.S. State Department. The report of this meeting, National Indicators and Social Wealth, can be downloaded at

Following these reports and the input from experts, Eisler was co-developer with MIT trained economist Indradeep Ghosh of Social Wealth Economic Indicators, new metrics that show that, rather than being in conflict, economic prosperity and a generally high quality of life are mutually reinforcing. These unique new metrics demonstrate the economic value of the work of caring for people, starting in early childhood. They show that in key respects the United States lags behind other developed nations, and not only describe outputs (e.g., educational, poverty, mortality rates, degrees of social cohesion and social equity) but also inputs (policies that invest in caring for people and nature, such as paid parental leave, high quality early childhood education, environmental protection) that lead to very different outcomes. They are also unique in showing that the status of women is a major factor in both quality of life and national economic success. For details, see the report by Ghosh and Eisler, SOCIAL WEALTH ECONOMIC INDICATORS: A New System for Evaluating Economic Prosperity, which can be downloaded from Please also see

Eisler’s research demonstrates that many of our economic models and practices are our legacy from times that oriented more closely to the domination system. It shows that the great problems of our time – from poverty and inequality to war, terrorism, and environmental degradation – are due largely to flawed economic systems that fail to value and support the most essential human work: the so-called “women’s work” of caring and caregiving. It describes new business and government policies and practices, economic indicators that incorporate caregiving activities, and introduces a new economic system that goes beyond capitalism and socialism: a caring economics or partnerism.

Her earlier work on a caring economy inspired Congressional briefings as well as many other activities and programs aimed at moving toward more caring, effective, and sustainable economic policies. The Chalice and the Blade already opened this new economic discourse, which was then expanded in Sacred Pleasure (Harper Collins, 1995). The Power of Partnership (New World Library, 2002) introduced a new politics of partnership as part of an integrative agenda for personal and social transformation

Eisler was the principal investigator and senior author of Women, Men and the Global Quality of Life, a three-year study published by the Center for Partnership Studies in 1995. Recognized as an outstanding contribution by experts in global development and based on extensive statistical and qualitative analysis, this study for the first time substantiated a strong relation between equality for women and the general quality of life for everybody. Utilizing data from 89 nations, it not only shows the inadequacy of GNP and GDP as measures of quality of life, but helps lay the statistical ground for new, more realistic and humane indicators. The book was rushed into publication for distribution to delegates and NGO leaders attending the U. N. Women’s Conference in Beijing in 1995.

While Marx wrote about the alienation of labor, Eisler writes about the alienation of caring labor: that the most essential work of caring for people, starting in childhood, is given so little value that it is not even included in calculations of economic productivity such as GDP (Gross Economic Product). In addition to her books, she has written essays and articles on this subject, including “The Economic Imperative for Revisioning the Rules of the Game: Work, Values, and Caring,” for a book published by Stanford University Press in 2007.

Throughout, Eisler shows how building a more sustainable and equitable economic system for all requires raising the status of women – and with this the status of stereotypically “feminine” values and activities such as caring, nonviolence, and caregiving, whether in women or men, or in business or government policies.

Spirituality and Religion

Eisler’s cultural transformation theory reveals the underlying dynamics that over thousands of years shaped religion and spirituality. She shows us how to differentiate between two themes in religion. One is the voice of the accumulated pain, anger, and fear from living under a domination system. The other is the voice of our highest stirrings -- of what lies at the core of our true humanity.

Eisler has keynoted major events for Episcopal, Catholic, Jewish, Unitarian-Universalist, Church of Religious Science, and Baha’i communities. She addressed a major session of the 1993 Parliament of World Religions in Chicago (the only session addressing the need for a feminine divine), and her vision of partnership for humanity is incorporated in its Declaration of Principles, which repeatedly uses the term partnership, and specifically affirms commitment to a community of partnership between men and women, rejecting domination of one sex over the other.

Eisler’s analysis of religion and spirituality was called a “profound service to humanity” by theologian Walter Wink, and Episcopalian bishop John Spong wrote that “this world will welcome it.” Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi wrote that “Riane Eisler has done work in our pre- and early history that shows that we have been missing a major part of the big picture. She has helped rescue a paradigm that had been lost and suppressed for so long that its absence stunted our development as a civilization, particularly in the area of religion which has a major bearing on the other key institutions in society.” Gelek Rinpoche notes that “many speak of her work as a doorway to enable theologians, religious scholars and spiritual practitioners to address the confusion of the overlay of violence and limit placed upon western faiths, allowing for an emphasis on partnership/relationship through peace, compassion and wisdom.”

Eisler grounds the message of religions that humanity is made in the image of the divine in evolution, showing how the development of love and empathy increase as we move up the evolutionary ladder. She shows that love and creativity are just as grounded in evolution as the commonly emphasized elements of selfishness and violence, in fact more so. Her recognition that the human striving for oneness with what we call the divine can imbue us with the “spiritual courage” to stand up for a just, abundant, and caring way of life has inspired women and men worldwide.

The Environment and Population

In 2011 Eisler spoke at the United Nations General Assembly meeting on Harmony with Nature, noting that a systems approach to environmental issues is essential. Eisler’s systems approach correlates environmental issues with a partnership or domination cultural orientation. In The Chalice and the Blade, Sacred Pleasure, Tomorrow’s Children, The Power of Partnership, and The Real Wealth of Nations, she shows the connection between an ethos of “conquest of nature” and the environmental degradation and depletion now reaching crisis proportions. Eisler also shows the integral connection between environmental sustainability and population, and how this in turn requires raising the status of women worldwide. She shows how the subordination of women has been, and continues to be a major factor in overpopulation, with all its deleterious environmental and social consequence.

Eisler has spoken at many environmental meetings, for example, an Earth Day address in Lincoln Park, Chicago, and the Hollywood Call for Ecology Action in Los Angeles. She is on the advisory board of the Earth Island Institute and is a Councilor of the World Future Council in Hamburg, which focuses on the impact current policies and practices, especially environmental ones, have on future generations.

A key component of partnership education is what Eisler calls caring for life: for self, for others, and our Mother Earth. A key component of her “caring economics” is giving visibility and real value to the life sustaining processes of nature – and developing economic measurements, policies, and practices that promote and reward caring for people and nature.

Eisler’s work is the frame for the acclaimed documentary Mother: Caring for 7 Billion, and she is also featured in the film, which shows that environmental problems cannot be solved without taking into account overpopulation and its effect on not only global warming, pollution, and environmental despoliation, but also on conflict, for example, the specter of water wars.

Business and Organizational Development

Eisler’s work has influenced business and organizational development through books (her own and those of others) and speeches about partnership in the corporate culture, the partnership model in management, partnership creativity, women and management, and the partnership model for technology. She has spoken at corporations such as SBC, DuPont, Microsoft, Disney, Procter & Gamble, UBS, and Volkswagen International, as well as business organizations such as the Social Venture Network, Businesses for Social Responsibility, and the World Business Academy. She has also addressed major conferences on business and management, most recently the 2010 Academy of Management (AOM) international conference in Montreal, Canada, and a symposium and two professional development workshops were organized by Eisler’s colleagues for the 2011 AOM conference in San Antonio, Texas.

Eisler has published articles on the application of the partnership model in business and management journals, and shown applications to health care, the environment, and organizational learning, for example, through her distinction between hierarchies of domination and hierarchies of actualization, as well as her documentation of the value of caring for business success. (This is documented at length in Eisler’s, The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics, 2007)

Again, here Eisler shows how the entry of women into what was once a “man’s world” has helped to humanize the workplace and how women in positions of leadership have made, and continue to make, a difference in the world.

Education and Leadership

Eisler's books are used by educators at the primary, secondary, and university levels, and her work has inspired leaders worldwide.

In Tomorrow’s Children: A Blueprint for Partnership Education in the 21st Century (Westview Press, 2000), Eisler applied her research to educational process, content, and structure. The new curriculum proposed in the book integrates the sciences and humanities, the theoretical and practical, and provides a multicultural perspective on the history, contributions, needs, problems, and aspirations of both halves of humanity: women and men. Tomorrow’s Children has been highly praised by educators including Stanford Professor Nel Noddings (who wrote the Foreword), for offering young people a more accurate and hopeful picture of what being human can mean, and for outlining an education that will equip them to meet the challenges of the 21st century. It was recently translated into Chinese and Urdu for use in Pakistan, where it is used in the Master’s program of the Lahore Government College of Education.

Eisler has spoken at educational conferences worldwide, such as the European Educational House Conference and the 5th International Congress of Education in Argentina, and keynoted educational conferences in the United States, such as the ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) Leadership Conference, the American Montessori Annual National Conference, and the Home Schooling conference.

In 2005, the Montessori Foundation founded the Center for Partnership Education to expand and update Montessori resources using Eisler’s work. It has held West Coast conferences on how to integrate Montessori and partnership education.

Eisler’s other books are assigned readings in university courses ranging from sociology, psychology, organizational development, and political science to education, women's studies, and peace studies. High school classes also use these works, as do church and community adult education workshops.

PhD dissertations have been written utilizing Eisler's models; for example, by Hillary Bendon for the Monterey Institute of International Studies on organizational development, by Alfonso Montuori for the Saybrook Institute on creativity, by Charles McCaffree for Goddard College on adult education, by Sister Ruthmary Powers for the Union Institute on partnership as a model for the educational restructuring movement, by Teddie Potter on nursing education, and by Rona Zollinger on environmental education. Eisler currently serves on the PhD committees of a number of students working on dissertations using her work.

Books by other scholars have used Eisler’s new social categories of the partnership system and domination system. For example, in 2008 Mary Kirk used it to frame her book, Gender and Information Technology: Moving Beyond Access to Co-Create Global Partnership (IGI Global) and Brian Griffin used it for his book Different Visions of Love: Partnership and Dominator Values in Christian History.

Eisler has taught at the graduate and undergraduate levels at various universities, most recently at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, to train leaders in how to use her work in fields ranging from politics and business to human rights, education, religion, and the media. She also teaches through CPS’s Leadership and Learning Program.

Eisler also continues to lecture at universities both in the United States and abroad, and does webinars for the CPS Caring Economy Conversation Leaders Training Program, including her Master Class launched in 2013. She has addressed conferences of leaders in Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Australia. She has also written about leadership in many publications such as the Integral Leadership Review and Enlightened Leadership.

In the late 1980s, Eisler and her husband and partner, social psychologist and evolutionary theorist David Loye, co-founded the Center for Partnership Studies, dedicated to research and education on the partnership model (

In the 1970s she introduced innovative classes at UCLA, Immaculate Heart College, and the Los Angeles Center Legal Program (which she founded).

The Arts, Literature, and Mass Media

Eisler's partnership model has influenced the arts, literature, and the mass media. For example, the ABC television series MacGyver did a two-hour episode based on information about prehistoric societies described in The Chalice and the Blade. The artist Barbara Schaefer created a multimedia project, “The Song of Memory,” based on The Chalice and the Blade. The Minnesota Opera New Music/Theater Ensemble commissioned suites inspired by The Chalice and the Blade. Scores of scholarly and other books have been influenced by Eisler’s work, including novels and children’s books such as High Kamilan and Moon over Crete. Eisler is a frequent guest on national and international radio shows, particularly NPR and UN Radio, and writes OpEds for both print and internet media. For examples, please see and as well as Eisler’s Schedule at

Keynotes, Lectures, and Conference Papers

Eisler keynotes conferences worldwide. She has given over 600 presentations at conferences, universities, corporations, and governmental and nongovernmental agencies in the United States, Canada, Australia, China, India, Latin America (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Mexico), and Europe (Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Italy, Spain, and Sweden).

Examples include:

Dr. Eisler has addressed the United Nations General Assembly and the U.S. Department of State, has headlined Congressional briefing, and spoken in Germany at the invitation of Prof. Rita Suessmuth, President of the Bundestag (the German Parliament) and Daniel Goeudevert (Chair of Volkswagen International, who wrote the Foreword to the German Edition of Eisler’s bestseller The Chalice and the Blade). She was invited to Greece by Margarita Papandreou (the First Lady). She was invited to speak in the Czech Republic by Vaclav Havel (President of the Czech Republic) and in Colombia by the Mayor of Bogota. She keynoted the CoNGO conference of NGOs affiliated with the United Nations in New York, and was a plenary speaker at the NGO Forum of the U.N. Decade for Women Conference in Nairobi, Kenya and the 2004 Barcelona Women’s Forum, keynoted the Seventh Annual Conference of State Governors’ Spouses, and addressed the Second Centennial Parliament of World Religions in Chicago.


In 2017, Eisler gave the closing keynote speech at the Peace and Justice Studies Association Conference at the University of Alabama, Birmingham; lectured at Soko University in California; spoke at the Feminist Press Gala in New York as the recipient of their Visionary Award; keynoted the Womanomics Conference in Vermont; and headlined “Cornerstones of Democracy” at New York City’s Cooper Union historic Great Hall.


In 2016, Eisler keynoted the Eight Worldwide Meeting on Human Values (Encuentro Mundial de Valores) in Monterrey, Mexico, to an audience of over 4,000 people, and was live streamed to 200,000 more at universities and other venues. She also spoke about Leading Meaningfully at the annual international Academy of Management meeting in Anaheim, CA; at James Madison University on a symposium on Caring Democracy that she organized; to progressive leaders in New York City on an Integrated Progressive Agenda; as well as through webinars and podcasts on various aspects of her work.


In 2015, Eisler keynoted the Madison Vision Series, an initiative of James Madison University's President, Jonathan Alger, as well as the Cultivating the Globally Sustainable Self Summit Series at JMU in Virginia, The Central Coast Women's Symposium in San Luis Obispo, California, the 2015 SRNA Annual Meeting and Conference: RNs Influencing Healthcare and Driving Change in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and webinars through the Center for Partnership Studies.


In 2014, Eisler keynoted the Women’s Congress for Future Generations in Minneapolis, MN, launched the Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies at the University of Minnesota, addressed the Institute for Women’s Leadership conference in Redwood City, CA as the recipient of their Pioneer Award, introduced the online launch of the Center for Partnership Studies’ Social Wealth Economic Indicators, and gave a number of webinars through the Center’s Leadership and Learning classes as well as other online venues.


In 2012, Eisler keynoted the Women, Economics, & Peace conference of the Women’s Funding Network Summit in Los Angeles, the formal launch of CPS’s Caring Economy Campaign at the Embassy of Finland in Washington DC, the Thought Leadership Symposium for Women in San Francisco, and the Nursing Leadership Summit at the University of Minneapolis. She spoke at Naropa University in Colorado, SGI in Santa Monica, and Monterey Peninsula College, and hosted a panel of experts at the Urban Institute in DC on the development of Social Wealth Indicators.


In 2011, in addition to speaking at 65TH Session of the United Nations General Assembly on Harmony with Nature, among other appearances, Eisler keynoted the 24th General Assembly of the Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CoNGO) and the Coaching in Action conference in Banff, Canada, spoke at the TED conference in Santa Cruz, California, keynoted the Alternative Education Resource

Organization (AERO) Conference, and did a number of webinars on caring economics and empowering women.


In 2010, among other appearances including webinars and teleseminars, she was a keynote speaker at an All Academy Session based on her work during the Academy of Management international conference in Montréal, Canada, a plenary speaker at the Australia21 Conference “Shaping Australia’s Resilience: Policy Development for Uncertain Futures” held at the Australian National University, and a plenary speaker at the Socially Responsible Investment conference in San Antonio, Texas.

In 2009, her appearances included an address at the United Nations in New York entitled "From Global Warming to Global Partnership,” the keynote for the Chamberlain series and 12th Annual Environmental Affairs Symposium at Lewis and Clark College, the opening keynote for the American Montessori National Conference in New Orleans, the Northwest Catholic Women’s Convocation IV in Seattle, and the National Peace Department Conference in Washington DC. She also gave a Congressional briefing in Washington DC. In November of that year, she addressed the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation as recipient of their Distinguished Peace Leadership Award.


Her 2008 venues included the closing keynote to the Prince of Wales Business and the Environment Executive Seminar in Seattle, an address at UBS corporate headquarters in New Jersey, a keynote at the National Council for Women’s Organizations annual conference in Washington DC, and a keynote at the annual Montessori-Partnership conference. Among 2007 venues were her address to the Unitarian Universalist General Assembly where she received the Ministry to Women award, her video keynote for the University of Udine’s fourth conference based on Eisler’s Partnership Model, her plenary speech at the CoopAmerica Green Festival in Chicago, her keynote at the Omega Women, Power, and Peace conference, and her address to the Economic Policy Institute in Washington DC.


Among 2006 venues were a video address on “Partnering for Peace” to the World Volunteers Conference of the International Association of Volunteer Effort in New Delhi, India. In 2005, she keynoted “Stopping the Silence About Intimate Violence: Laying a Foundation for Peace” on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, gave the closing keynote at the International Coaching Federation’s 10th Anniversary Conference, gave a plenary address at the Women’s Economic Forum in Deauville, France, and opened the program at the City Theatre of Stockholm launch of the Swedish edition of The Chalice and the Blade with top Swedish entertainers, politicians, intellectuals, and social leaders.


Venues for 2004 included plenary addresses at the Ethos Institute of Business and Social Responsibility International Conference in Brazil, the Sustainable Resources Conference in Boulder, the Committee of 200 Conference in Boston, and the Homeschooling conference in Sacramento. In 2003, Eisler spoke at the Women’s International Network conference in Switzerland, the Case Western Business School conference on Business as a Center for World Benefit, the Social Venture Network conference, the Western Regional Symposium on Child Abuse and Sexual Assault, and the first Arab-American Economic Summit.


In 2002, after the publication of Eisler’s book on education, Tomorrow’s Children, and in the in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Eisler focused on “Educating for a Culture of Peace” at conferences such as the American School Boards annual conference, the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Spirituality and Learning conference, and The Alchemy of Peacebuilding conference in Dubrovnik, Croatia.


Her 2001 engagements included her plenary address to 4,000 Latin American educators at the 5th International Congress of Education in Cordoba, Argentina and her keynote at the 2001ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) Leadership Conference in Washington DC. She presented her new economic model in the “Economics for Human Well-Being” series (which included Amartya Sen) in Cambridge, MA. In 2000, and keynoted the annual conference of the National Association of Women Business Owners, the Montessori Peace Education Conference, and the national conference of the Alliance for Work Life Professionals. Among 1999 venues, she spoke to the Senior Women’s Group of the Microsoft Corporation, at the Club of Budapest Roundtable in Rome and Cagliari, and at Forum 2000 on “Partnership Economics: Beyond Communism and Capitalism.”


Universities where she has spoken range from Yale, Case Western Reserve, Haverford, Goddard College, and UCLA to University of St. Gallen, University of Costa Rica, University of Helsinki, and University of Bologna. Corporations where she has spoken include Du Pont, Disney, Arthur Anderson, Microsoft, UBS AG, Volkswagen, HSBC Bank, Procter & Gamble, and Sidley, Austin, Brown, and Wood. In addition, Dr. Eisler has addressed a wide range of other audiences – ranging from the American Academy of Psychotherapists, the USSR - USA Scholars' Dialogue on Human Rights, the International Women's Forum, the Sisters of the Holy Name, the European Educational House International Conference, and the Founding Convention of the Cultural Environment Movement, to the International Development Research Centre in Canada, the San Francisco Art Institute, the Heartland Area Education Agency, the Chicago League of Theaters, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


Commissioner, The World Commission on Global Consciousness and Spirituality (other commissioners include the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu)

Honorary member, Club of Budapest (other honorary members include President Mikhail Gorbachev, Elie Wiesel, and Edgar Morin)

2017, Visionary Award, Feminist Press

2014 Pioneer Award, Institute for Women’s Leadership

2011 Global Women’s Leadership Award

2009 Distinguished Peace Leadership Award, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation

2008 Honorary Ph.D. degree, Saybrook Institute

2007 Unitarian Universalist Ministry to Women Award

2006 Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition

2005 Honorary Ph.D. degree, Case Western Reserve University

2005 Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition

2005 Soroptimists Award for Work Helping Women

2003 Honored for Generosity of Spirit, Linkage Women’s Leadership Conference

2000 Ethics Award, Foundation for Ethics and Meaning

2000 Outstanding Educational Visionary Award, Champions of Caring

1996 Humanist Pioneer Award

1996 Alice Paul ERA Education Award

1996 Human Relations Human Rights Excellence Award

1992 Shaler Adams Foundation award for work on Women's Rights as Human Rights

1990 National Women's Conference Committee Torchbearer's Award

1987 Congressional Award for Outstanding Contribution

Monterey County Business and Professional Network Woman of the Year

Monterey Distinguished Community Leader

National and international Who's Who

Regent's Fellowship, University of California

Phi Beta Kappa

Interviews and Reviews


Interviews (including podcasts), reviews, and feature stories on the partnership model and cultural transformation, as well as in connection with the publication of The Real Wealth of Nations, The Power of Partnership, Tomorrow’s Children, Sacred Pleasure, and Women, Men, and the Global Quality of Life for publications in the United States, Canada, Australia, Italy, Argentina, Colombia, Japan, Germany, Czech Republic, Spain, Sweden, and Chile in newspapers and magazines ranging from the New York Times, the Toronto Star, Publisher's Weekly, the Boston Globe, Working Woman, the Chicago Tribune, the LA Weekly, the Utne Reader, and the San Francisco Chronicle to HQ, Elle, Amica, Liberazione, Leggere Donna, La Epoca, La Nación, Uno Mismo, El Tiempo, and Para Tí. Interviewed on UN radio and public and commercial American, Canadian, German, Swiss, Brazilian, Italian, Mexican, Chilean, Norwegian, Swedish, and Australian radio and television.



Interviewed by international, national, and local radio, television, and the press. Foreign interviews include German, Austrian, Canadian, Spanish, Russian, Italian, Greek, Finnish, Swiss, Norwegian, Costa Rican, Australian, and Kenyan media. Interviews in connection with the publication of The Chalice and the Blade and The Partnership Way include major U.S. networks as well as cover stories, features, excerpts, and reviews in publications ranging from the Chicago Tribune, LA Times, San Francisco Chronicle, New York Times, and Utne Reader, to the LA Weekly, Minneapolis Tribune, Ms., Publishers Weekly, and Book List.



Press conference by the National Women's Conference Committee, NOW, and other organizations to announce publication of ERA Facts and Action Guide and launch ERA renewal drive in Washington D.C.


1978 & 1977

Interviews in connection with the publication of The Equal Rights Handbook and Dissolution on television, radio, and the press.

Community Service

Founding Member: Friends of Women's International Network News

First Vice President, YWCA, Monterey, California

Founding member, Task Force on Employer Supported Child Care, Monterey, CA

Founding Member and Board of Directors, L. A. Women's Center

Founding Member, Women's Theater and Media Center, Los Angeles

Board of Directors, YWCA, Los Angeles

Founding Member, Advisory Board, Women's Rights Law Reporter, New York City

Founding Member, Monterey County Spiritual Alliance to Stop Intimate Violence

Honorary Committee, UNA/Monterey Bay Adopt a Minefield Campaign

Boards, Editorial & Advisory Councils, Fellowships & Memberships

Editor in Chief, Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies

Member, Club of Rome

Honorary Councillor, World Futures Council, Hamburg

Board, Center for Partnership Studies

International Editorial Board, Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace, and Conflict.

Founding member, General Evolution Research Group

Advisor, Partnership Studies Group, University of Udine, Italy

Editorial Board, Journal of Aggression, Conflict, and Peace Research

Editorial Board, Ethical Marketplace TV

Editorial Board, World Futures

Editorial Board, Interreligious Insight

Advisory Board, Earth Island Institute

Advisory Board, Global Commission to Fund the United Nations

Advisory Board, Bonobo Conservation Institute

Advisory Council, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation

Advisory Council, Foundation for Child Honoring

Visionary Advisor, Social Venture Network

Member, California State Bar

Fellow, World Business Academy

Fellow, World Academy of Art and Science

Social Media
Contact Information

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P.O. Box 51936
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Tel: (831) 626-1004
Fax: (831) 626-3734

Facebook group page: Riane Eisler Action Alert Network

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CV updated July 2017.