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An Open Letter to the Women in my Life

March 6, 2013

Those of you to whom engagement is an act
and not just a marital status,

Those of you who are cleaning up the word feminist
and giving it a public airing,

Those of you who have worked hard to work,

Those of you who entered education
over someone else’s dead body,

Those of you who weren’t afraid to be Mrs.
and those of you who weren’t afraid not to be,

Those of you who did the right thing,
not just the expected thing,

And did the right thing,
even when it was the expected thing,

Those of you shaping roles for people,
and not shaping people for roles,

Those who like a quiet revolution,

Those who care for both sides and the edge of every coin,

Those of you who will be and can be
nobody but yourselves,

Those of you who make me laugh,
make me think,
make me a better man
and a happier one,

Thank you.

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