Riane Eisler, PhD, JD, is an eminent social scientist, attorney, and social activist best known as the author of The Chalice and The Blade: Our History, Our Future, now in 26 languages. Her book, 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,” proposes a new approach to economics that gives visibility and value to the most essential human work: the work of caring for people and the planet.
Her pioneering work in human rights expanded the focus of international organizations to include the rights of women and children. Riane's research has impacted many fields, including history, sociology, and education. She is co-founder of the Spiritual Alliance to Stop Intimate Violence (SAIV), and president of the Center for Partnership Studies. Her books include the award-winning The Power of Partnership and Tomorrow’s Children, as well as Sacred Pleasure, a daring reexamination of sexuality and spirituality, and Women, Men, and the Global Quality of Life, which statistically documents the key role of the status of women in a nation’s general quality of life.
Eisler was born in Vienna, fled from the Nazis with her parents to Cuba, and later emigrated to the United States. She obtained degrees in sociology and law from the University of California, taught pioneering classes on women and the law at UCLA, and now teaches in the graduate Transformative Leadership Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Eisler is also an international consultant to business and governments on the application of the partnership model introduced in her work.
Eisler has received many honors, including the selection as the only woman among 20 great thinkers including Hegel, Adam Smith, Marx, and Toynbee for inclusion in Macrohistory and Macrohistorians in recognition of the lasting importance of her work as a cultural historian and evolutionary theorist. She has received honorary Ph.D. degrees, the Alice Paul ERA Education Award, and the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation’s 2009 Distinguished Peace Leadership Award, and is included in the award-winning book Great Peacemakers as one of 20 leaders for world peace, along with Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa, and Martin Luther King.