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Forward Women

We know we can do it
and in high heels
We can, but we won't
dance backwards, ever again

Not to the back of the bus
Because Rosa took her seat
Not to the back of the line
Because Dolores walked in front
Not to be held down, even by gravity
Because Sally soared in space
Not to sit on the sidelines
Because Billie Jean won
Not to keep silent
Because Anita spoke up
Not to quit, not ever to quit
Because Hillary kept going

We do not wait for the lead
We will not follow
what is out of step
with freedom's dignity

We do not wait for your lead
Wait to feel the pressure
on our open palms, or the
pull at the small of our backs

Now the lead rises within
The ache in our hearts
Clarity of our minds
Fire in our bones

We step forth,
Forward women.

We do not wait for you to lead
With sons and with daughters in hand
With husbands and with wives
Lovers and friends by our side
We march, forward women.

We do not wait for you to lead.
We are the lead.

— Ellen Grace O’Brian, January 2017


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Michael Scott is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and a child custody mediator. He has been a therapist since 1982 and maintains a private practice in Santa Cruz, CA. Since 1985, Michael has served as a child custody mediator for The County of Santa Cruz Superior Court. He is an educator offering workshops both nationally and internationally on marriage, divorce, parenting, education, personal and professional development, conflict resolution, and the developmental needs of children.

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