Last month we shared news and information about WriteGirl, an innovative writing and mentoring program for young women.
Showing our support, we purchased a poem during their annual poetry drive, which we just received in time for Women’s Equality Day.
The poem was written for us by Sandra Moore, a 16-year-old who only recently started in the WriteGirl program.
Sandra loves to read and write novels and short stories. She writes for her school newspaper and hopes to become “a published author of some critically acclaimed novel.” We have no doubt that we will someday find Sandra on the bestseller list.
Here’s Sandra’s powerful poem…
by Sandra Moore, WriteGirl Mentee, age 16
and swirling skirts
two items juxtaposed
some thought them strange comrades
some thought women should be “demure” or “obedient”
they were called suffragists
for the way they fought
to have a say in the country they lived in
but perhaps it is because of the suffering
they endured: cruel words,
“Men, their rights, and nothing more
“Women, their rights, and nothing less,”
said Susan B. Anthony
yet every step we take towards equality
feels like the tugging of a stubborn mule–
whose hooves try to crush us like men’s opposition
but we prevail
we cast our ballot with the taste of victory bitter-bright in our mouths
but just because we walk
with our heads tall
doesn’t excuse the fact
that you catcall
it’s not that we are petty:
it is because we are frustrated
about the 22 cents stolen from us,
the stereotypes forced upon us,
the flyaway comments on our appearance.
we fight not just for the vote
we are all
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