By Jadah Jones
Women in the past fought for the rights we have now in our present. And we’ll continue that fight for the future. I wrote this poem to reflect on the progress we’ve made.
If only my ancestors could see me now they’d smile and be proud of me and my ability to think and work outside the boundaries men have built for us. Empowered to push the limit break the ceiling shatter expectations and not stand for anything but everything and run for something. President? “That’s a man’s job” Not anymore. Choosing a spouse? “That’s your father’s decision” Not anymore. Be quiet? “This is none of your business” Not anymore. Ruling our lives one inch at a time no one can take that away, tomorrow, yesterday, today. Our previous places in history: humiliated ignored silenced torn down overlooked rejected yet Not anymore.
Jadah Jones is a class of 2020 Girls Write Now mentee based in Bronx, NY.