NEVERTHELESS SHE PERSISTED
I had the opportunity to speak on the platform with the mayors of Fontana, Rialto, several other dignitaries, and doctors, at the 12th Annual City of Rialto “State of the Women Conference” on March 3rd.
The conference celebrated the women who fought and still fight against discrimination against women over the years and progress that’s been made. There were over 600 women in attendance even with the inclement weather experienced that day.
When I wrote the poem, delivered to “The State of the Women Conference” I researched the past achievements and current women discrimination issues. The Shero’s and the atrocities. Since the beginning of time how women have been treated inferior.
Although women have come a long way in being recognized as being treated unequally, recognition and change are not the same. My Poem entitled “Nevertheless She Persisted” after the theme of the conference was well received.
I noticed several women wiping tears and the applause was robust and heartfelt.
I saw so many women identify with parts of the poem with outbreaks of clapping at portions that struck home for them. One of the places that brought several women to tears was this stanza-
“So many single mothers, it’s women who will
Take care of the parents, the kids, and the bills
Made to do so much more, just to get what we’re due
And it’s all coming out in the cry of “ME TOO!”
One of my passions is lifting up women. My calendar is filling up.
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