A poem for today

On this very historic day, I would like to share this inspirational poem by  in honor of my mother and all the strong women who have helped to build our family and our great nation!

By: Lucinda K. Treat

Give us this day.
Our day.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”

And women?
Yes. And women.

So. Please, America.
Please media.
Give us this day.

For the Founding Mothers.

For the 30 who were beaten picketing the White House in 1917.
To get us here.

For Susan B. Anthony, Lucretia Mott, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
But also for Lucy Burns, Victoria Woodhull, Alice Paul.
For Sojourner Truth. And Lucy Stone.

For all the words we’ve swallowed.
For all the grabs and jabs we’ve endured.
For 78 cents on the dollar if we’re white.
For the 64 or 54 cents if we’re not.

For all the times you’ve stolen our credit.
Or our promotions.

For all the times you’ve locked us up.
Or shot us down.

For all the times you’ve left us with the dishes.
Or your children.

For all the times we’ve cracked our skulls on your glass ceiling.
And cracked our backs doing your work.

For Gloria Steinem and Betty Freidan.
For Angela Davis. And Winona LaDuke.
Yes, for Delores Huerta, too.
And Yuri Kochiyama.

For all the places we’ve been told we don’t belong.
The locker room.
The board room.
The front lines.
Outside of the house.
Inside of the White House.

For all the names that forged this moment, invisible.

For our daughters. And for our sons.

Give us this day.

– Lucinda Kinau Treat

shared with permission of the author

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