To our daughters

Oh dear daughter,

I was hoping life would be better for you,

because it’s hard to be a woman.

We’ve been fighting for so long,

just for basic human rights.

Did you know:

Women were considered chattel (property of their husbands) until the 1850’s,

Women couldn’t vote in America until 1920,

The dissemination of contraceptive information through the mail was prohibited and classified as obscene until 1936,

In 1963, Congress passed the Equal Pay Act, making it illegal for employers to pay a woman less than what a man would receive for the same job,

Over fifty years later, women still earn between 76 cents to 79 cents for every dollar men earn,


Discrimination on the basis of their sex leads to many health hazards for women, including physical and sexual violence, sexually transmitted infections, HIV/AIDS, malaria and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

It’s hard to be a woman.

I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.— Maya Angelou


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