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for every woman

This poem hits a little close to home. Especially since I have two children – a boy & girl who both have a habit of pushing against gender norms.

This was authored by Nancy R. Smith (Copyright © 1973) and you can visit her website at: [LINK].

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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