WOMAN, THE CHANGE MAKER
I fed and clothed my tribe, curing buffalo hides
and drying meat over smoldering fires.
I civilized the Jamestown Colony in Virginia,
bringing family life to a new, unexplored territory.
I spoke for women in the Salem Witch trials,
weeping as they were burned at the stake.
I fought for women’s voices to be heard,
as far back as the Declaration of Independence.
I guided Lewis and Clark on their explorations of the West.
I braved covered-wagon journeys to settle the wilderness.
I was arrested for opening the first birth control clinic.
Today I still struggle for a woman’s right to control her own body.
I went to war alongside my brothers.
I fought, I healed, and I died.
I infiltrated congress and the Supreme Court,
bringing fair judgement and compassionate ideas.
I flew into space, exploring the final frontier,
bringing back information to guide future expeditions.
I was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize,
as the battle for education and human rights goes on.
I am resilient and courageous, charming and cunning.
I am woman – the Change Maker.
(You can read more of Sharon’s poems in her poetry books, Tapestryand the anthology, Captured Moments, and also in her memoir, Daughter of the Mountains.)
Sharon Canfield Dorsey is an award-winning poet and author of five books, including two children’s books, Herman, the Hermit Crab and the Mystery of the Big, Black, Shiny Thing and Revolt of the Teacups.