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Addressing Inequity

History books are filled with men’s escapades
Are women’s accomplishments seen as charades?

Joan of Arc had visions of saints leading her
to save France from Britain’s tyrannical cur.

Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat --
defending rights, she’d not succumb to defeat

Mary Magdalene had historians confused;
she watched Christ die, though apostles refused. 

Eleanor Roosevelt was the eyes and ears
of FDR; she stood behind him through the years.

Marie Curie, first female to win the Nobel Prize,
joined her husband in efforts to save human lives.

Indira Gandhi ruled India two decades --
first woman leader killed when the Sikhs did invade.

Princess Di’s royal wedding seemed filled with joy.
Her death: an accident or a royal ploy? 

But it’s Mary Shelley who seems most ignored.
Men said Percy wrote “Frankenstein”; Mary they abhorred.

Mother Theresa spent years serving the poor.
Sainthood come fast, by many she was adored.

These women claim their rightful place in history;
why others were ignored seems a mystery.

Women fought successfully for the right to vote.
Countless mothers to children their lives they devote.

Eve bit the apple, but all women bear the stain
of being weak, frail -- a concept I disdain.

*Entry for the “Tell Us of Women” contest

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  1. Date: 5/10/2012 8:52:00 AM
    Hooray for us all. Courageous like you.

  1. Date: 5/4/2012 12:51:00 PM
    my mother was the first woman to run for bishop in our church. she did'nt win but she made history.

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    Date: 5/4/2012 12:54:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    btw two of my favorite heroines are hester pryne and joan of arc.
  1. Date: 5/3/2012 12:13:00 AM
    Btw.where is the sea shell with a pearl which I asked to bring for me from that sea trip?

  1. Date: 5/3/2012 12:11:00 AM
    a great poem here for Debi's contest Carolyn.You have mentioned some big women here.Best wishes to you.(Indira Gandhi and not Ghandi,I think this is the way you pronounce Gandhi:))

  1. Date: 5/2/2012 8:22:00 PM
    Carolyn, what a great entry for Debbie's contest. I loved how you brought in history and so many MAVERICKS ;-) Enjoyed the read. I think we should vote for Daver as president, whatcha think?

  1. Date: 5/2/2012 5:49:00 PM
    Could be some are serving as precept examples while others are just biting the apple in special interest. Smile. At any rate..I love the poem and the ideal behind it. Bravo... bravo. Agape, Moses

  1. Date: 5/2/2012 2:20:00 PM
    I'm betting on a woman president in the next few years. For sure, the men haven't done a damn thing. Good write, dear Carolyn. LOve, daver

  1. Date: 5/2/2012 1:51:00 PM
    Ahh Carolyn well said, well thought out piece here: "weakness and strength " both are temporary.. passing realities:) so much more i could say; but i will say best winning wishes today..

  1. Date: 5/2/2012 10:18:00 AM
    Good one Carolyn, a wonderful and truthful poem, so informative, and needed to be written this, got to be number 1 in the contest. good luck.

  1. Date: 5/2/2012 12:02:00 AM
    Great couplets, Carolyn! Very well done for this contest. Wishing you good luck! Smart and thought provoking write, my friend. I hope you are doing fairly well! Love, Caroline.

  1. Date: 5/1/2012 1:56:00 AM
    Superb write Carolyn.This is so well put together, great job.

  1. Date: 4/30/2012 9:23:00 PM
    Carolyn this is so true, lots of women have made landmarks and some are not recognized. I enjoyed this poem. Hugs Marci

  1. Date: 4/30/2012 12:55:00 AM
    Carolyn a top notch entry you have here, very well written and very informative, good luck, I read your health comment, hope you are not in too much pain, keep that lovely face smiling, take care..David

  1. Date: 4/29/2012 10:28:00 PM
    Carolyn my friend these words are unique and this Poem is brilliantly composed lines where one can see and can find the names of those wonderful women of the world history, who have given their best contributions sometimes more poignant than their male counterparts. A superb great write from your lofty pen. The last lines are the most striking words for the cause of women’s strength in general. I have started a new series based on my father's work hope you would relish it. Continue….

  1. Date: 4/29/2012 10:28:00 PM
    Sorry my friend that I have missed a lot of your wonderful poetry because of my eye problem which is often disturbs my working. My good wishes for your great entry. Love and best wishes...Ravindra

  1. Date: 4/29/2012 8:02:00 PM
    Do you believe in miracles? There is one going toward you! You're in my prayers, dear friend. A big hug. Ruben.

  1. Date: 4/29/2012 7:59:00 PM
    Do "I" have to write about Evita, Aghata, Emily, and Marilyn? : ) You know what? This is incredible; if I have to choose 9 women from history, I would choose all these women! (And Evita, of course!) It's THE winner, sweet lady! Best of luck in the Contest. Ruben.

  1. Date: 4/29/2012 11:28:00 AM
    loved this interesting and thought provoking piece, my friend

  1. Date: 4/29/2012 8:16:00 AM
    This is a truly wonderful poem taking us through history and seeing the women who contributed to their time. A marvelous entry for the contest and my best wishes to you Carolyn.

  1. Date: 4/29/2012 4:26:00 AM
    This is wonderful Carolyn. Yes, we need to be respected as do all, whatever the gender and each should be applauded for their gifts and talents and for just being them. For we all are fearfully and wonderfully made. I sure loved your write!! : ) Gwendolen ask me, to ask you, to read my poem. Cloudy days doesn't mean there is no sun. But I don't know how to share that with you- I am a bit awkward at technical stuff! lol, love, bren ox