Not their job

not their job

Shall we now, at long last,
stop talking only about
how girls and women look.

Shall we speak, instead,
of the awesome vastness
of their hearts and minds.

Shall we marvel at their skills,
at the way they see the world.

Shall we encourage them to harvest
the wildness of their dreams,
to explore the open skies
of their potential.

At our school, we told girls
it was not their job
to be pretty.

Not their job.



  1. My favourite image is of girls/young women harvesting “the wildness of their dreams” because this action seems dynamic and powerful and unrestrained. Such a boldly positive poem!

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