What is a woman?
My poetic definition
Happy International Women’s Day!
The confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson as the first Black female to hold the position inspired this poem. During her confirmation hearings, Justice Jackson was asked to “provide a definition for the word ‘woman.’”
My dear friend Ashley was in DC on the day of the confirmation, with her family and their remarkable signs. We had texted before her trip to the steps of the Supreme Court building about ideas of how we could define the word. The words she chose were awesome, and her prompt inspired me to create some definitions of my own.
Woman (noun): A will, and a power A change, and a maker A question in the air Amazing, and grace Phenomena, and ally A work, and progress Wise, and words Deep, and space A soul, and a sister Present, and tense Fresh, and blood Slow, and going A storm, and a surge Unseen, and a voice A cry, and passion Rooted, and flowing
Happy International Women’s Day to you and to all the wonderful people you have reason to celebrate.
As we embrace equity and ourselves (give yourself a few warming hugs!), you may want to slide into my Full Moon Meditation to welcome space for all the bright things coming your way.
This year’s theme for IWD is #EmbraceEquity. How can you find ways to help embrace an inclusive world?
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