They told me education I could not receive
It did not help in the household, so they believed
I learnt my letters, but I was explained
Going beyond elementary school was a financial drain
Schooling I completed, college was out of question
For I was of age to be bound in matrimonial union
A college graduate I became, got a masters’ degree
I would raise smart children, er… why was a job necessary?
I was educated, so I joined the workforce
Only to give it up after marriage, but of course!
My husband earned well, so why did I need
To work outside the house indeed?
Yes, I was a working woman…yet did I tell you?
I had to adhere to a strict nighttime curfew
And in the corner of the world where I resided
I could not drive to work- the authorities had decided..
So, of course, my independence was chained
To break free from my shackles I still strained..
As a well-educated, modern woman, I had the privilege
Awarded by my husband and in-laws, to work after marriage
Then came the baby, and different issues arose
To maternity leave, my employers were opposed
When I took time off I was promptly replaced
My investment in my job was all a waste..
Or I was forced to quit to be a full-time mother
As I was explained, one job had replaced another..
My commitment to my career did not count
Motherhood was supposed to be overarching, paramount….
At different times, in different countries I have been
Stopped from pursuing my dreams, I have seen
My wings clipped off each time with explanations varied
Yet I have crossed hurdles, moved forward indeed
It hurts to see that even in the twenty-first century
The workplace is not always ready for me
How many more roadblocks do I cross in order to prove
That educated women are here to stay, men may move..
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