What Hope Looks Like

For

Every woman spoken over in a meeting.

Every woman who had something explained to them in which they knew more.

Every woman who had to smile when she didn’t want to because otherwise she’d be a bitch.

Every woman who had to keep their breath even despite raging inside.

Every woman who was told who they were.

Every woman that had to look at a man patronizing her.

Every woman that had to meet “Gee, shucks” fake innocence with facts.

Every woman that had to answer the hard questions while he pushed them aside.

Every woman who had to weigh smiling and being likable and not smiling and being too aggressive.

Every woman who has seen incompetence rewarded because of the way you were born.

Every woman who was held back in a job for showing strength.

Every woman who cried at night because her soul was breaking.

So what I mean to say is

For Every Woman.

She

Is

Speaking.

Vote.

-Lou

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