Last Thursday, International Womens’ Day, Linda Grant found herself trending on Twitter. This was after tweeting about the fact that feminists fought hard for the things women take for granted now. Her timeline became an avalanche of retweets from other women telling their own stories of sexist behaviour, way back when and even now. Read more about it here, on the Guardian website. Today the archive of theses tweets goes live here, at http://athousandreasons.com/
They wanted me to be Wendy
At ten, I told the boys “I am Han Solo”
They wanted me to be Princess Leia
I was a fifteen year old feminist
“I’m not your love”
“I’m not called Miss”
I wore big boots
Not white stilettos
I was not a “germ-free adolescent”
At nineteen, I told the boys “I am going to DJ”
I am noone’s jockey slut
At thirtyfour, I told him “I will not follow you”
And watch my life become a rut
I am a forty year old feminist
I don’t mind the “love”
But I’m Ms not “Mrs”
I am a mother
A poet, a writer
For womens’ rights I’m still a fighter.
I recently saw Zena Edwards at Loose Muse, and saw Francesca Beard at The Poetry Olympics in January. I would highly recommend going to see either or both if you get a chance!
Do you have a favourite woman poet?