here’s to the women with fire in their eyes, the ones who sing too loud and love too hard. the one’s who know what they want, the ones who know how to get it, and the ones who will do whatever is needed to get it. here’s to the fighters.
here’s to the women with clouds in their eyes. the ones who hum under their breath, whose smiles can light up a thousand cities, the ones who love gently. the one’s who don’t want for much, but they will take what they do want. here’s to the lovers.
here’s to the women with cities in their eyes, cites of their very own. here’s to the ones who make things before other can even imagine them, the ones in love with creation. the ones who find what they want for themselves. here’s to the dreamers.
here’s to the women with civilizations in their eyes. the ones whose knowledge encompasses galaxies and centuries, the ones who thirst for knowledge. the ones who love recklessly and think rationally, who are the tacticians in a fight. here’s to the thinkers.
here’s to the ones who fight back, every day. here’s to the ones who persevere, no matter what. here’s to the ones who don’t take abuse and intolerance lying down.
In Indian Mythology, a powerful and evil demon was given a boon. And his askance, as he considered women feeble, weak creatures was that only a female could kill him. He believed this would guarantee his immortality. Imagine his surprise then, when the Goddess Kali appeared, a necklace of demon heads like his around her neck, her power far overshadowing his, and he no match for her incredible strength, defeating him in record time. What I am trying to tell you is, they have always underestimated us, no matter what form we take. What I am also saying is, we should channel our inner Goddesses and make them rue the day they made that mistake.
There are women who make other women feel awful because of their own insecurities. They practice cliquishness and alienation. They choose to belittle and slut shame and gossip and practice passive aggressions when they should be looking at their own pettiness and understanding where it stems from. To these women, I say, ladies, isn’t it bad enough that there are men out there that are a very real and present danger to us everyday that we must make enemies of each other too? Must we break each other down and destroy each other’s self esteem when we should be building each other up, becoming a sisterhood, so we can eventually become an army?
to all of the women
who break barriers
raise their voice
stand their ground
gives me hope
and reminds me
that there is no wrong way
to be a woman.
Now just imagine an alien’s reaction to a woman on the ship getting her period. The aliens can smell blood, and they’ve just had a fight with some space pirates. Sel’then’ek is making sure everyone is okay when he gets to Rachel and smells blood.
Sel’then’ek: “HumanRachel are you okay?”
Rachel: “What? Um yeah I’m fine, I’m just going to the bathrooms real quick.”
Sel’then’ek: “Rachel do not lie to me! I can smell your blood! Where are you injured? Let me help!”
#Protip: If you only tag your posts “women astronauts,” “women artists,” etc., search engines will continue to only show men when people search for “astronauts” and “artists.”
I use both generic and gendered tags: gendered tags so my posts can be found by people who are specifically looking for “women artists” for example, but also the generic ones so Google and AI can understand that women aren’t the “plus one” of every profession.