When the Patriarchy Crumbles

RuthFriedaSojournerHarrietJaneGloriaSusanSimoneSallyRosieOctaviaMayaMargaretJaneIsadoraEmmelineElizabethAudreAmeliaAdaEvery day I say these namesThe namesOf strong WOMENNot of strong menBecause the men's stories become the same over time. But not the stories of WOMENI tell myself I too, can be a Sojourner Truth if I stand up for what is right.When the Patriarchy CrumblesI'll be thereAda Lovelace Intelligent and beautifulWhat all girls areSerena Williams is the light for a path I must crawl through if I plan to change the worldBecause WOMEN are my sisterhoodAll WOMEN Your feminism must include all WOMEN if it's true feminismIt cannot be arguedWOMENOf every kindEvery raceEvery mindI thank themI amWhiteI ama WOMANI ama LesbianI am a WitchI amMEand all WOMEN must be themselvesWhen the Patriarchy CrumblesI'll be there.I cryI shoutYou sitYou dieAll surrounded by natureReturning to what is rightReturning to my lifeIf I do not speak up for what is right I am but an emotionless ship that others can controlI will not be controlledAmelia EarheartTimocleaSo many great names of WOMENWOMENeverywhereTimoclea Not a victimIn factShe murdered her abuserIn 4 B.C.I aspire to live up to these names, let me make them proud, let me be who I truly am.If I do not I am merely a doll.I aim to stomp my foot and say NO. And when I say NO (for good reason) I shall make it STOP. So that one day, a young girl (like me) will say my name when she thinks of who pioneered feminism in the West.When the Patriarchy CrumblesI'll be there.

This poem is about: 
My family
My community
My country
Our world


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