Written for:  Elizabeth’s Creativity Challenge – Day 21

Grandparents came to this country
from Russia. Speaking no English,
my grandfather was able to find
work. Grandmother had more to learn
in terms of dealing with shopkeepers,
bringing two children to school,
keeping a clean house, and being
responsible for all cooking.

Parent’s generation saw more women
working, and during war time, took
over traditionally male jobs.

My generation of women were expected
to earn their own livings. We were
rebellious. Marches, protests, speeches,
and self-assertion defined us. Driven
by a heady sense of freedom and power,
many women believed they could do it
all. Notion of Superwoman.

It either side fails in their
responsibilities, we will end up
like government with their non-
functioning system of checks
and balances.


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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2 Responses to Woman

  1. 1sojournal says:

    We learn a great deal from the different generations. Their stories are the filters through we look to find purpose for our own. And each generation makes changes of its own. Thanks for joining in,


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