We came here as individuals,
noble and fierce in our own right.
Those first few days changed us
as we learned of leadership’s great might.
Hand to hand we considered our lives
broken apart by society’s divide.
Heart to heart a new chain was formed
Ready and able to withstand any storm.
Knowing the truth in that strength,
tempered by love and by rage,
Bar by bar we will tear down
that terrible oppressive cage.
So that each and every future woman
can stand up and say,
“I’m ready to face life.
Today is my day.”
–Lura Jackson, 06/03/13