nancy r. smith

"For Every Woman" by Nancy R. Smith

For every woman who is tired of acting weak when she knows she is strong, there is a man who is tired of appearing strong when he feels vulnerable.

For every woman who is tired of acting dumb, there is a man who is burdened with the constant expectation of “knowing everything.”

For every woman who is tired of being called “an emotional female,” there is a man who is denied the right to weep and to be gentle.

For every woman who is called unfeminine when she competes, there is a man for whom competition is the only way to prove his masculinity.

For every woman who is tired of being a sex object, there is a man who must worry about his potency.

For every woman who feels “tied down” by her children, there is a man who is denied the full pleasures of shared parenthood.

For every woman who is denied meaningful employment or equal pay, there is a man who must bear full financial responsibility for another human being.

For every woman who was not taught the intricacies of an automobile, there is a man who was not taught the satisfactions of cooking.

For every woman who takes a step toward her own liberation, there is a man who finds the way to freedom has been made a little easier.

For every girl who is tired of acting weak when she is strong,

There is a boy tired of appearing strong when he feels vulnerable.

For every boy who is burdened with the constant expectation of knowing everything, 

There is a girl tired of people not trusting her intelligence.

For every girl who is tired of being called oversensitive, 

There is a boy who fears to be gentle, to weep.

For every boy for whom competition is the only way to prove his masculinity, 

There is a girl who is called unfeminine when she competes.

For every girl who takes a step toward her liberation,

There is a boy who finds the way to freedom…

A little easier.

Poem by Nancy R. Smith.