Wednesday, 7 March 2012

For Every Woman




One of the poems that has stuck to my mind was "For Every Woman" by Nancy Smith.  I came across this poem in one of the Women's Conferences I have attended when I was still working for a Non-Government Organization way back then.  The poem was imprinted in a shirt given to all attendees.  

For Every Woman

By Nancy R. Smith





For every woman who is tired of acting weak when she knows she is strong, there is a man who is tired of appearing strong when he feels vulnerable.

For every woman who is tired of acting dumb, there is a man who is burdened with the constant expectation of "knowing everything."


For every woman who is tired of being called "an emotional female," there is a man who is denied the right to weep and to be gentle.


For every woman who is called unfeminine when she competes, there is a man for whom competition is the only way to prove his masculinity.


For every woman who is tired of being a sex object, there is a man who must worry about his potency.


For every woman who feels "tied down" by her children, there is a man who is denied the full pleasures of shared parenthood.


For every woman who is denied meaningful employment or equal pay, there is a man who must bear full financial responsibility for another human being.


For every woman who was not taught the intricacies of an automobile, there is a man who was not taught the satisfactions of cooking.


For every woman who takes a step toward her own liberation, there is a man who finds the way to freedom has been made a little easier.

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