For the Young Chicanas Thinking of Pursuing a PhD.
The essence of Chicana feminisms is speaking out—not being submissive.
You don’t bite your tongue.
Don’t you dare bite your tongue.
Your tongue is your weapon.
It guides the words which free you from the chains that have held you back for so long.
Don’t you dare apologize for speaking your mind, Chicanita.
They’ll convince you of your arrogance, rather than applauding your honesty.
Pero, don’t you dare change,
You are a warrior, fighting with words.
Your voice matters.
The institution will try to break you down.
But mi Chicanita,
You let that wild tongue run free.