The Western world’s demonization of women in power can be traced back to Ancient Greece, argues the celebrated UK classicist Mary Beard.
In times like these, to get you to listen,
I must show you how
To grasp history with your hands.
All my suitors started off talking about beauty, and ended up talking about money.
Think of all the prayers rising
today with daughters and granddaughters held up
to see her uplifted catafalque, its red, white and blue
against the white marble
I have a thousand uses:
crash dummy, sex toy, punching bag, life raft.
The secret police
wore shirts that said “secret police,”
which makes one wonder.
Anger points powerfully to the denial of rights, but the exercise of rights can’t live and thrive on anger. It lives and thrives on the dogged pursuit of justice.
Even nations with long histories of inequality and violence carry lessons for how to move toward what might be called a more perfect union.
As we go marching, marching
We battle too for men
For they are women’s children
And we mother them again
They might as wise have lodged a Bird
For Treason — in the Pound —
“Freed by Fire” follows Molina, a 12-year old Malawian girl who becomes another child in a forced marriage. One female chief is tirelessly working to stop it.
in order to rule the sidewalks
and men’s hearts —
to beat out all those other dames
Since the 2016 election, over 15 million teens have turned 18 and and can now vote; this year alone, 4 million more can vote, and another 15 million will become eligible for the 2024 election.