Mary Eastland wrote:
As an independent dojo we are pretty much outside the "structure" of Aikido. My goal is to help keep our organization on the track it is on now. We are at least 60% women because our our friendly, unpretentious attitudes and the inviting feeling that anything is possible.
That's good to hear you say. I can't remember who said above that you
have to be the change you want to take place in the world, but it was a great quote.
All those sufragettes won their rights by being inspired and rising up to surmount their problems. It looks like you are on your way to doing something about yours.
PS: I hope you're planning to include male Aikidoka in your future endeavors. ?